The June 2000 tour of the Galápagos islands would not have succeeded were it not for the diligent efforts of numerous individuals. The faculty and students of GEOL388/CPSP318G wish to extend their heart-felt gratitude to everyone who helped make this venture a reality. We are particularly indebted to certain individuals:

It is thanks to the example, inspiration, and support of Lee Hellman, Peggy Wolf, and Lois Vietri of College Park Scholars and Assistant Provost Ann Wylie that we even considered organizing this program. Douglas Gill of the Department of Biology provided indispensable insights from his own experiences organizing Galápagos tours, and his presentation to the Earth, Life, and Time colloquium aroused considerable interest on the part of potential participants.

Katherine McAdams and Elizabeth Pattison of College Park Scholars, Michael Brown of the Department of Geology, and Assistant Dean Deborah Bryant of the College of Computer, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences provided essential help. They showed us how to navigate the maze of university requirements for the establishing the GEOL388 and CPSP318G classes and vigorously supported us in our interactions with the university administration.

For the actual travel arrangements of the excursion, we thank Lisa Palmese and Andrea Holbrook of Holbrook Travel, Inc., and the staff of Travel-On. With their help, we traveled comfortably and without incident. Our thanks also go to the staff of Metropolitan Touring, of Ecoventura S.A., and of the Hotel Alameda Real of Quito for getting us comfortably to the islands and back. The high educational quality of our experience in the Galápagos was facilitated by the officers and crew of the M/V Corinthian who diligently saw to our comfort, swiftly and safely transported us to our field sites, and exerted considerable effort to accomodate the normal routine of their passenger ship to the pedagogical requirements of an academic group.

We are indebted to the guides and consultants whose shared expertise helped us realize the educational potential of this excursion. William Cox and Lenin Villacís, our naturalist-guides from the Ecuadorian National Park Service shouldered the excursion's real educational burden, ushering us safely through field sites and patiently explaining their natural history in painstaking cogent detail. We are grateful to Nancy Brown of the U. S. National Parks Service for helping us explore the human dimension of the Galápagos and explaining the methods used by park service professionals to record and preserve their human history. Special thanks go to the U. S. National Parks Service for making Ms. Brown's services available to us. Thanks also go to our chaperone, Betty Siegel, for her many contributions.

Above all, we extend our heart-felt gratitude to Rick Weaver of the University of Maryland Study Abroad Office. Without his creativity, precise intuition, patient instruction, and broad knowledge of the rewards and pitfalls of academic travel, this program would certainly not have reached a successful conclusion. Though it's an honor he may wish to dodge, we look forward to working with him in the future.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
John W. Merck, Jr.