EMAHK AGM Talk: A field Study Trip to the Galapagos By Dr. Billy Hau

January 18, 2013 in Event, Uncategorized

Date: 26/1/2013 (SAT)
AGM : 14:00 – 15:00
AGM Talk: 15:00 – 15:40
Venue: Meng Wah Complex, Theatre 4, The University of Hong Kong

It is the objective of the Ecology and Biodiversity teaching programmes at the School of Biological Sciences to empower its students with the requisite knowledge and skills in nature conservation, as well as inspire them with professionalism, pragmatism and dedication. Apart from teaching students the fundamental knowledge and skill in understanding and managing biodiversity, strong emphasis is placed upon deep, experiential learning by students, such as learning through field expeditions, so as to ensure they rise above the purely theoretical and appreciate the importance of pragmatism in environmental management. Seeing is believing – it is a life-transforming experience for students to witness first-hand how species are driven to extinction by environmental degradation, and how dwindling communities of endangered species can be revived by dedicated and well-managed efforts in restoring their habitats. Students become greatly motivated when they learn that what they do can make a difference
For biodiversity, the top sites in terms of species richness and the presence of unique species include East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya), Madagascar, the Amazon, and the Galapagos. The Galapagos is the exact place where Charles Darwin was based in his development of the ground breaking evolution theory on the origin of species – Natural Selection. Being a group of newly formed oceanic islands (in geological time scale), the plant and animals on these islands are allowed to evolve in isolation from other species in Mainland South America. Many unique species were evolved as a result, such as the Darwin’s Finches. The Galapagos Islands is a sacred place for ecologists. In this talk, Billy will share with you the educational aims of arranging such kind of field trips for ecology students. Of course you will also see the unique and beautiful wildlife of the Galapagos