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A Journey to Ecuador

Exceptional Learning...

...in a unique environment. A group of Texas State students, led by two faculty members, traveled to South America for rigorous fieldwork. While there, they caught and released frogs, ran genetic testing, discussed scientific papers, gathered biodiversity data, learned about local conservation challenges and solutions, and so much more.

Exploring the Tropics

We traveled more than 2,300 miles to learn about life at the equator. Our days in Ecuador were like nothing else we'd experienced.

Studying Genetics in the Jungle

Texas State researchers — both faculty and students — used their time in Ecuador to conduct fieldwork on frogs and a deadly fungus.

Student Profiles

Student Austin Banks holds a boa constrictor

Austin Banks

2020, B.S. Aquatic Biology 

I've been learning a lot more about plant ecology, which has been really fun. I'm really looking forward to learning more about fungal ecology.

portrait of student Bria Marty

Bria Marty

2020, M.S. Biology

I've done a lot of fieldwork here and there in my short career so far, and I knew that this would be something that would push me to my limits, and I wanted to see what those limits were.

group photo of students and faculty in front of an old ranch house in Ecuador

Meet the Group

Learners. Educators. Biologists, geneticists, ecologists. All the Bobcats on this trip shared an enthusiasm for the natural world.