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May 24: Hood College Visits Galapagos Islands

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands Trip 2016

FREDERICK, Maryland—Six members of the Hood College community will travel to the Galapagos Islands May 24 through June 1 to explore evolution of cognition.

They will travel around the Galapagos Islands while exploring evolutionary analysis in psychology, learning how evolution has shaped our bodies and our minds. Students will snorkel with marine life, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and walk the Santa Cruz Highlands. Additionally, they will observe giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, penguins, cormorants and finches up close.

“This trip provides students with a more thorough understanding of evolution and its relationship to human behavior through visiting the Galapagos Islands, which were instrumental in Charles Darwin’s theorization about evolution and natural selection,” said Shannon Kundey, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Hood, who is going on the trip. “While we discuss evolution throughout our psychology courses at Hood, visiting the Galapagos will enable students to gain a more thorough grasp of the nuances of evolution and to see first-hand the differences in species that arose due to evolution.”

Travelers include graduate student Kirsten Roy; undergraduates Lyssa Blaine, Rachel Knoebel and Jules Schuler; and alumni Jeanne Robinson and Kevin Stanfield.