UMCP Galápagos 2004
Who We Are
College Park Scholars is a two-year residential honors enrichment program for academically talented incoming students. Within CPS are twelve different specific programs, each with a particular interdisciplinary focus. The focus of the CPS-Earth, Life & Time Program is Natural History: the scientific understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and how that understanding aids us as individuals and as a society.
In the summers of 2000 and 2002 the directors of ELT led field courses in the Natural
History of the Galápagos Archipelago. This location was central to the discovery of
evolution by natural selection, and maintains much of its pristine wildlife and magnificent
The success of that class, GEOL 388 Field Studies II: The Natural History of the Galápagos Islands,
on those occasions, encouraged the directors to return in the summer of 2004. The course
was designed for CPS students, but was open to all. In the end, thirteen students (nine from
the ELT program), were selected. Together with Luis Sangolqui Tapia, a guide from the
Ecuadorian National Park Service, the UMCP Galápagos 2004 participants explored nine
of the islands in the Archipelago.
Students examine heads of coral, exposed by tectonic uplift in 1954, on the Urbina Bay trail
on Isabela Island.
Upon their return to the University of Maryland, the students and faculty assembled this
website in the hopes that it proves useful to educators, students, and others interested
in the Natural History of these islands. With the success of the 2004 trip, the directors
of Earth, Life & Time are enthusiastic in their plans for a return to the Galàpagos
in the summer of 2006!
Walking in the forested highlands of Santa Cruz Island.