From the ancient temples of Angkor to the floating villages of the great Tonle Sap Lake, you will learn about threats to biodiversity, environmental governance, and the ways in which conservation efforts and community livelihoods are intertwined. Traveling extensively, you will spend time in the elephant-inhabited forests of Mondulkiri, the mountain and coastal ecosystems of Kampot, the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, and at key sites along the Mekong River.
SFS students live and study at the Center for Conservation and Development Studies – our most urban Center – which lies on the outskirts of Siem Reap, near the famed temples of Angkor. Campus is a breezy, modern complex nestled in a quiet neighborhood minutes away from the bustling downtown area where you will find restaurants, shops, and markets with unique Cambodian flair.
- Spend the night in a floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake and speak with villagers about climate-related livelihood challenges and adaptation strategies.
- Visit the Mondulkiri highlands to study elephant conservation and learn about the changes and challenges to the indigenous Bunong peoples’ traditional lifestyles.
- Explore neighboring Vietnam: Visit the Can Tho floating markets, Ho Chi Minh city, and the Tra Su flooded mangrove forests.
- Develop field skills including: Species identification and wildlife monitoring, Khmer language, conservation grant writing, research design, data collection, scientific writing and presentation
- Conduct research in some of the following areas: Elephant ecology, climate change impacts, traditional ecological knowledge, biodiversity conservation, environmental justice, environmental anthropology