TIERA – Tulane Interdisciplinary Environmental Research & Action Program

An immersive, interdisciplinary study abroad course focused on impact & engaged scholarship.

Students are immersed in the real-world, grassroots research and conservation program of FCAT, an award-winning Ecuadorian NGO with over 20 years of experience.
TIERA is open to people over the age of 18 that want to link learning and research with real world impact in a biodiversity hotspot. This includes students from all universities, majors and years.

2 Week Field Course

The core experience takes place in Ecuador, where an expanding agricultural frontier and biodiversity-rich forests exist side-by-side.
Students experience the challenges and rewards of designing and conducting community-engaged field research in a biodiversity hotspot, based on active collaboration with local Ecuadorian residents in a variety of contexts.
Two people measuring in the dirt

Continued Engagement

This opportunity is open to students who have completed the 2-week field course and want to continue to develop community-engaged research skills by designing and conducting research and impact projects.

TIERA is committed to including students from different racial, ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Only through interconnectedness can we work towards solving the world’s most pressing environmental issues.

TIERA works with experts in international education and risk management to ensure a safe and positive experience for participants.