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  • Locations: Etosha National Park, Namibia; Windhoek, Namibia
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2022 01/21/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Sponsorship: CWRU-arranged Click here for a definition of this term Program Purpose: Study
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Housing Options: Field Station Guest House Program Director/Assistant Director: Christopher Cullis, Biology (
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Angela Miller ( Credit Type: Graduate, Undergraduate
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: 200
Click here for a definition of this term Remainder of Program Fee: $1200 Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, All meals, Excursion, Housing, In-country transportation
Not Included in Program Cost: Flights, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
Program Description:
Windhoek, Namibia

Due to COVID-19, International travel for Spring 2021 programs has been suspended.  
We are hopeful to offer this program in Spring 2022. 

Biology Field Studies: Namibia (BIOL 309/409)
Course Dates: March 7-18, 2019
Pre-requisite courses: BIOL 214 & BIOL 326, or consent of instructor
Faculty: Professor Christopher Cullis (

Students will participate in the development and domestication of an underutilized plant (marama bean) to be distributed to resource poor farmers in Southern Africa.

They will be involved in formal coursework on campus to review the appropriate techniques and sampling strategies. They then will travel to Namibia to conduct filed collections and process the collected samples. The work in Namibia will be carried out in conjunction with the Namibia University of Science and Technology. The experimental work will continue the development of resources that will be applied to accelerate the improvement of marama bean so that it can be grown productively in arid soils that cannot support any other crop. This crop can provide an excellent protein and energy source for inhabitants of this region. The outcomes will be research by the students that can contribute towards publication and a new crop for resource-poor farmers.

For more information, please review this flyer: BIOL309 - Cullis - Spring 2019 - flyer.jpg