Students Return from Researching Biodiversity in Ecuador

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 23, 2012 – A group of High Point University students returned today from an international Maymester trip to Ecuador where they studied the biodiversity of plant, animal and bird species in the country throughout the month of May.

The Maymester trips are an experiential learning component to courses taught in the spring semester. The Ecuador trip was one of four international trips that HPU students embarked on this month.

Eight students, along with Dr. Dinene Crater and Dr. Josh Campbell, both assistant professors of biology, explored cultural aspects of the country’s major cities such as Quito, as well as its exotic forests for up-close encounters with the rare animal species of the country. Species the students encountered included the red howler monkey, lava lizards, the banded toucan and the blue footed booby. They also visited the Charles Darwin Research Center on Santa Cruz Island and toured the Galapagos Islands.

“We had a wonderful and productive trip and saw many different and rare species,” says Crater. “The plants, animals, birds and other wildlife in Ecuador are amazing.”

“This was an incredible opportunity for our students to be able to study biodiversity in a large outdoor lab like the Amazon Rainforest,” adds Heidi Fischer, director of Study Abroad. “That’s the type of extraordinary education that High Point University strives to offer its students.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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