Children running on path through boabab trees
Africa Winter/Spring Sea
December 3, 2021

Islands of the Indian Ocean: Madagascar to Mauritius | December 3-18, 2021

Daniel Rubenstein, study leader

Daniel Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Director, Program in Environmental Studies

Professor Rubenstein's research focuses on decision-making in animals. He studies how an individual's foraging, mating and social behavior are influenced by its phenotype, by ecological circumstances, and by the actions of other individuals in the population. He develops simple mathematical models to generate predictions that can be tested using data gathered from structured field observations or experimental manipulations. In this way Rubenstein searches for general principles, or 'rules', that underlie complex patterns of behavior. On this journey, Professor Rubenstein will discuss his recent findings on the social behavior of lemurs as well as topics in African conservation.

About the Journey

Princeton Journeys is delighted to announce our first ever adventure to Madagascar! Travel alongside Study Leader Daniel Rubenstein, beloved Professor of Zoology, and explore this thousand-mile island boasting an impressive variety of spectacular landscapes — from pristine coral reefs and coastal mangroves to virgin rain forests and native groves of Baobab trees. Geographically isolated for millions of years, nearly all of Madagascar’s intriguing animals and plants are found nowhere else on Earth, including nearly 100 varieties of lemurs. Madagascar's people are also unique, having descended from Malay-Polynesian mariners, slaves from Africa, as well as traders from Arabia, India, and Portugal.

Enjoy ten full days in Madagascar before sailing to Reunion Island, a paradisiacal French outpost, to explore its white-sand beaches, spectacular dormant volcanoes and Creole character. Our journey ends on the island of Mauritius with an excursion to the Seven Colored Earths sand dunes and the picturesque waterfalls of Chamarel.

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined by like-minded participants from Stanford and Yale.

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