Indonesia 2016
Sponsored in part by the Shasta College Foundation
and The McConnell Foundation.
Trip expedition made possible through Operation Wallacea. An international program focused on conservation research through academic partnerships​.
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The amazing experience of partnering with Operation Wallacea to pair learning in class room with hands on in-the-field training began last summer with our trip to Honduras. This year, the students will be traveling to Indonesia to assist with biodiversity research in both cloud forest and coral reef ecosystems.  This amazing opportunity has been organized through Shasta College and Operation Wallacea (OpWall), an organization that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs in remote locations across the world.
The Shasta College course, the Natural History of the Neotropics, includes four weeks of online learning with the two-week lab experience in Indonesia. It’s a four-credit, fully transferable course that students can take to cover a portion of their General Education requirements in the sciences. Shasta College instructor Dr. Susannah Johnson-Fulton explains, “Students will be actively involved in collecting data that will be published in peer-reviewed journals and will help to preserve/conserve species in these biodiverse ecosystems.” Students will gain first-hand experience in research subjects that span animal behavior, forest ecology, terrestrial invertebrates, fisheries, amphibian and reptile ecology, general marine ecology including reef systems, spatial ecology using GIS, environmental science, conservation management, and much more. Dr. Johnson-Fulton expounded on the benefit of the class and lab saying, “This experience will also greatly strengthen our students’ resumes, giving them a huge step-up in any career and/or education path they choose.”  This science-based, study abroad course is one of many that Shasta College plans to offer, with future courses going to different locations, such as Indonesia, Madagascar, Greece, China, Peru, Dominica, Cuba, and the Galapagos. For more information on how you can be involved in next year's program as a participant or as a donor to help support students, please email Susannah Johnson-Fulton and/or Randy Reed at
 To help afford this amazing experience many students worked hard at a number of fundraising efforts and applied for scholarships. Special recognition and thanks go to The McConnell Foundation and the Shasta College Foundation for the substantial number of scholarships awarded to many of these students. Many of these students have also been active members of Shasta College Global Expeditions Club, a new campus club that focuses on community outreach, fundraising, and organizing hiking and backpacking trips to help prepare students for their future expeditions.
Susannah Johnson-Fulton is the instructor leading the trip this year. She is passionate about experiential education – getting students out of a classroom setting and experiencing what they are learning about first-hand. Susanna has a doctorate in botany and teaches botany, biology, and natural history at Shasta College. Dr. Johnson-Fulton has traveled extensively and adamant that the combination of traveling internationally, making cultural connections, and learning about the natural world by conducting field work can have a positive impact on individuals. It can help shape decisions and direction for those just figuring out who they are and what they believe in and greatly impact those wanting to make a difference in the world.
 Operation Wallacea (OpWall) is an organization, funded by tuition fees, that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs in remote locations across the world. These Expedition sites  are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind- from identifying areas needing protection, through implementing and assessing conservation management programs. All sites are associated with graduate and post-graduate level research and OpWall, though this program, is directly responsible for numerous invertebrate and vertebrate species discoveries. The OpWall program researchers publish in peer-reviewed journals and are associated with the United Nations Reductions in Emissions and Deforestation and Degradation (“REDD+”) whose goals are to support conservation through sustainable management of forests and the facilitation of forest carbon sequestration
 Check out the Shasta College Foundation page for pictures and status updates as they embark on their trip!
To look at last years trip you can read all about it on the HONDURAS 2015 webpage.