New Undergraduate Study Abroad Course Announcement: Darwin’s Galapagos

New Course Announcement:
Darwin’s Galapagos: Evolution in the Anthropocene is a new course that will be offered by Drs. Ignacio Moore, William Hopkins and Peter Graham in Spring 2019.
Department of Biology/Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Course Number: 3954
Course Title: Darwin’s Galapagos: Evolution in the Anthropocene
Credits: 4
Semester: Spring 2019
Time: TBD
Co-taught by professors in 3 departments:
Ignacio Moore, Biological Sciences
William Hopkins, Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Peter Graham, English


Course Description:
Voyage in Charles Darwin’s ...

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From VT News

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