Students from Liberty University’s Department of Biology & Chemistry brought their passion for conservation overseas in January for a 10-day field study trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, applying their knowledge gained through labs and classes to the natural world.
The Galapagos Islands are a popular research destination, well-known for their diversity of wildlife, with a large number of species that aren’t found anywhere else in the world.
“At Liberty, we hold Scripture first as our ultimate source of authority, and then through Scripture we look at the sciences and study the created order — or what I like to call ‘God’s spoken world. ’” From Jan. 9-19, the group of 17 students from Liberty’s biology-related degree programs partnered with Tropical Herping, a local biodiversity organization that focuses on preserving the unique reptiles and amphibians of the area through tourism, photography, research, and education.
Given their immersive location in the jungle and shared passion for the “creepy crawly things” of the area, Harris said that Liberty and Tropical Herping will likely continue collaborating in the years to come.
Sophomore Abigail Billing was so inspired by her field experience on the trip that she has decided to major in zoo & wildlife biology.