South American Odyssey
A blog by UFV Biology instructor Debbie Wheeler

At the end of August 2008, UFV Biology instructor Debbie Wheeler set off on an South American adventure that eventually led her to the Galapagos Islands. Her blog documents her journey and her adventures along the way, highlighting items of specific interest to current and future biologists.

Debbie's voyage coincides with Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, which occured on February 12, 2009. Darwin’s discoveries of unique flora and fauna in the Galapagos Islands are widely mentioned as being the source of his inspiration about evolution: descent with modification. Darwin spent a number of weeks in October 1835 sailing in and around the islands on his ship, the Beagle.  2009 is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of his famous book, On The Origin of Species.

August 19, 2010

Ecuador Part 2 Friends and Faces of the Forest

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August 12, 2010 Ecuador Part 1 Feel the Earth Move in Ecuador Read it now
October 6, 2009
 Galapagos�Read it now
August 7, 2009
 Penguins�Read it now
July 30, 2009
 The end of the world
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June 29, 2009
 Tierra del Fuego
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June 18, 2009
 Grey Glacier
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May 20, 2009

Valdez Peninsula
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May 5, 2009
Iguazu FallsRead it now
March 23, 2009 
Pantanal, BrazilRead it now
February 8, 2009
Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaRead it now
January 18, 2009
Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Take 2
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January 4, 2009 
Madidi National Park, BoliviaRead it now
November 16, 2008 
Manu RainforestRead it now
October 26, 2008
Manu jungle: cloud forestRead it now
October 18, 2008
Machu PicchuRead it now
October 1, 2008 Inca Trail, Peru Read it now

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
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