Education Partnerships

Photo Credit: Liana Vitali

Photo Credit: Liana Vitali

VSI develops and offers college and graduate level educational programs that examine unique and endangered ecosystems from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Whereas most courses in environmental science focus on a certain discipline, ours focus on a certain place, bringing to bear multiple fields of study in pursuit of an integrated understanding of the local ecosystem and the most important obstacles to its sustainable management. Environmental problems are complex and multi-faceted; VSI hopes to equip promising young minds with the tools they will need to help address such problems.

Miami University & Earth Expeditions

desertGraduate students participating in Miami University’s Global Field Program come to VSI’s marine and high desert field stations for a two week intensive course on basic ecological field methods, including point sampling, capture/recapture, quadrant studies, pitfall traps, line transects, and others. Students spend one week at Rancho San Gregorio, in the Valle de los Cirios Biosphere Reserve, and one week at the Vermilion Sea Field Station, in Bahía de los Ángeles. Students receive 7 graduate credits toward their Master of Arts degree in Teaching or Zoology. After their introductory course in Baja, candidates go on to participate in two other Earth Expeditions field courses. More…


VSI and Stanford University

a74c4e_43b093394b3249e6593a2976f2a925b5Ecology, Evolution, and Management of the Gulf of California is an intensive, eighteen-day field course taught at VSI’s Vermilion Sea Field Station, in Bahía de los Ángeles, Baja California. Historically, the course has been taught by a team of faculty from several universities, including Stanford, Princeton, and Brown, and it has been open to Stanford University undergraduates. Future courses will be open to students from other universities, as well. In this course, we focus on a single ecosystem—the Midriff Island Area of the Gulf of California—and invoke many different disciplines to illuminate it, beginning with physical oceanography, moving on to evolution and ecology, and finally into anthropology and environmental economics.

VSI and CU—Boulder

a74c4e_df6f25013d6a3142c58ed8e8fcc8d744This course, too, brings an interdisciplinary perspective to bear on the Bahía de los Ángeles Biosphere reserve surrounding VSI’s Vermilion Sea Field Station. Historically, this course has been taught by a team of faculty from several universities, including the University of Colorado—Boulder, the University of California—Santa Barbara, and Stanford University. It has been open to college and graduate students meeting basic prerequisite science requirements, and has included students from a variety of universities in the United States and Mexico.