Anderson University professor of Biology Dan Ippolito was invited for the week of spring break to teach a class in New Zealand for the Creation Care Study Program (CCSP).
CCSP is a high-caliber academic semester abroad connecting Christian faith with the most complex, urgent global issues of the coming decades. CCSP offers two programs during both fall and spring semesters: one in Belize, Central America and one in the South Pacific (New Zealand and Samoa).
A colleague from the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies (a program Ippolito teaches most summers that allows students to spend a summer studying-ecology and the environment in a field setting) recommended him to the director of CCSP. His first trip was in 2007 when he was asked to teach stream ecology in Belize at the CCSP Nabitunich campus.
While in New Zealand, Ippolito taught the stream ecology class again this time at the CCSP campus in Kaikoura, New Zealand, a small coastal town on the South Island. The course approached the study of the biology of running waters from three academic perspectives: the traditional field-based natural history approach; an integrated ecological approach; and the applied water monitoring and conservation approach.
The typical schedule for the week of class involved devotions, lecture, field work, and laboratory work (mostly specimen identification). Students were also required to keep reflective journals along with their field entries.
“CCSP has given me the chance to teach ‘hands-on’ field biology, which I don't get to do as often as I would like,” said Ippolito. “I have also had a chance to see some beautiful and exotic places, but I have also come to realize that there is no corner of the world, no matter how exotic or remote, is safe from human-induced environmental degradation.”
Ippolito has been teaching Biology at AU for 20 years this spring. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin.
—Stefanie Leiter is Web Content Manager for Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.