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Program Description

Overview

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This program is to give students hands-on experience in the conducting ecological surveys; and introduce them to a variety of tools and methods currently available.  We will survey the lands of one of Hawaii’s few remaining intact ahupua’a in North Kohala on the Big Island to understand what vegetation communities are where on the landscape as a first step to management planning.  We will stay at the recently renovated Kohala Institute and explore how traditional and present natural resource management practices can be employed in the living laboratory setting.  The ultimate goal is to empower students to take further steps in careers that may involve field-based activities.
  

Quick Facts

  • March 7 - March 15, 2020
  • Explore one of the few remaining intact Hawaiian ahupua’a (ridge-to-reef ecosystem)
  • Learn to conduct vegetation surveys using state of the art methods
  • Stay at the Kohala Institute on the Big Island of Hawaii
  • Earn 3 credits

 

 


Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.

 
  • Instructor Permission Required for Registration: This is an upper division field methods course where the student must have a background in plant ecology. This background can be demonstrated by successful completion of the i/o Session A Spring 2020 class GPH 422 (Plant Biogeography) by Professor Martin. Students with course work in ecology in ASUs School of Life Sciences (SOLS) are encouraged to contact Professor Martin and inquire. In addition, some students have ecological experiences that are more applied (e.g. job experience) or might be remote-sensing based and these students are encouraged to write up their background and contact Professor Martin.


 

Location

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Location Details

KOHALA INSTITUTE, BIG ISLAND, HAWAII
The Kohala Institute is located near the towns of Hawi and Kapaau on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is remote, yet still easily assessible from Kailua-Kona and Hilo by car.  ‘Iole Ahupuaa has a long tradition of Hawaiian agriculture use that is being revisited today.  The Kohala Institute itself is housed in what was formerly the 19th-century Kohala Girls School, a boarding school run by the missionary Bond family.

Academics

Eligibility Requirements

Students must: 

  • have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • successfully complete Session A Spring 2020 course GPH 422 (Plant Biogeography) 
Instructor Permission Required for Registration: This is an upper division field methods course where the student must have a background in plant ecology. This background can be demonstrated by successful completion of the i/o Session A Spring 2020 class GPH 422 (Plant Biogeography) by Professor Martin. Students with course work in ecology in ASUs School of Life Sciences (SOLS) are encouraged to contact Professor Martin and inquire. In addition, some students have ecological experiences that are more applied (e.g. job experience) or might be remote-sensing based and these students are encouraged to write up their background and contact Professor Martin.
 
 

Courses

Students will register for the following course during the Spring registration period:
  • GPH 491: Geographic Field Methods (3 credit)*
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load.  If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Course Format

The course starts over Spring Break at the Kohala Institute, where the field portion of the course consists of 7 days (Sunday March 8 through Saturday March 14; plus two days travel) of intensive field survey. The field portion is followed by a fully-online portion where each student will write her/his own survey report following guidelines explained and reviewed over the Spring Break course start.  The report development process will involve submitting a rough draft before Sunday April 12th (at midnight). Professor Martin will then provide each student comments for the final report revision that is due Sunday April 26th (at midnight).
 

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Faculty

Faculty Director

Dr. Roberta (Robin) Martin
Associate Professor 
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
E-mail: roberta.martin@asu.edu
Website: gdcs.asu.edu/labs/martinlab























Erin Weingarten
Research Assistant
ASU Pacific Ridge-to-Reef Program, Hilo HI
E-mail: erin.weingarten@asu.edu




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Housing

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Program Housing

Students and faculty will be staying on site in dormitories at the Kohala Institute for the duration of the trip.  Virtually all meals will be provided by an on-site chef, other than any meals needed while travelling to or from Kohala.  We meet for some class time each morning.  After which, we will be hiking throughout the landscape of ‘Iole Ahupua’a in thick vegetation and shallow streambeds.  To access distant areas, we will use four-wheel drive vehicles operated by ASU qualified drivers.  We will also have the opportunity to visit the beach and other places on the Big Island.
 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the Domestic Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. This program includes a six-day field component which may include a great deal of walking on uneven terrain. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.  

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2020 is $2,455.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared accommodations, most meals, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the one-credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Domestic Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Opportunities for Funding

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2020 11/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 03/07/2020 03/15/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.