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Miami University Earth Expeditions Hawai'i: Saving Species in 2016

Kathleen Jordan, Graduate Assistant  | Published on Thursday, November 17, 2016
Scandinavian Trade Association member Sean Nordquist participated in Miami University Earth Expeditions Hawai'i: Saving Species in 2016. Nordquist of Saint Petersburg, Fla., studied the stunning ecological, cultural and spiritual landscapes of what it takes to save species in the wild and engage with local partners to develop and test site-specific methods of community engagement to sustain ecological and social health. and is now beginning a semester-long research project to benefit his home community.
Nordquist is a master's student in the Miami University Earth Expeditions program, a global program offering graduate courses to people from all disciplines. Students combine an active field experience that includes study at field conservation sites, lectures, student-led discussions of key course topics, and engagement with local communities with web-based learning. The 7 graduate credit hybrid courses typically run from April through mid-December, with the international field "in-country" portion of each class typically lasting 9-10 days.
Since the program began 10 years ago, Project Dragonfly's Earth Expeditions graduate courses - on which the master's programs are based - have engaged more than 1,700 people in firsthand educational and scientific research at critical conservation field sites in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas, and for the first time in 2016, Paraguay and Galapagos. Dragonfly is located in the department of biology at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio. Miami was established in 1809 and is listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies.