The Brazilian Atlantic rainforest and its associated ecoregions (mangroves, beaches, restingas, and insular forests) contain remarkable biodiversity and exhibit unique natural beauty. Join two native Brazilian biology professors in our 13-day exploration of the ecology of part of South America's largest country!


  • 07/28/2020 to 08/08/2020


  • 11 Nights Hotel Accommodation in twin rooms
  • Ground Transportation
  • Guide and Staff Support
  • Site Visits and Cultural Experiences
  • All Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
  • Admission Fees
  • Bottled Water on Bus Rides
  • Embedded Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Wireless Internet Access Hotels
  • Gratuities for Meals, Guides, and Drivers

Info Session

Learn more about this program at one of our upcoming info session!

  • Oct 1, Tuesday - 1:30-2:30pm - SCI 223
  • Oct 7, Monday - 1:30-2:30pm - SCI 225
  • Oct 18, Friday - 11am-noon - SCI 225
  • Oct 23, Wednesday - 1-2:00pm - SCI 219
  • Oct 28, Monday - 1:30-2:30pm - SCI 225
  • Nov 4, Monday - 1:30-2:30pm - SCI 225
  • Nov 12, Tuesday - 1:30-2:30 - SCI 223
  • Nov. 20, Wednesday - 1-2:00pm - SCI 219
  • Dec. 3, Tuesday - 1:30-2:30pm - SCI 223
  • Dec. 13, Friday - 11-noon - SCI 225

Pictures from our last trip

Meet the Faculty

Marcelo Pires

Professor of Biology
Marcelo N. Pires, Ph.D. has been teaching at Saddleback College since Fall 2008. He earned a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Biology at Cal Poly, Pomona, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Riverside. His research focuses on reproductive biology, with emphasis on the evolution of reproductive adaptations in fishes. At Saddleback College, he has taught General Biology I (Bio 3A/3AH), General Biology II (Bio 3B/3BH), General Biology for non-bio majors (Bio 20), Animal Behavior (Bio 43), Evolution (Bio 40), Human Evolution (Bio 40), Human Biology (Bio 30), Human Anatomy (Bio 11/110), and Human Physiology (Bio 12/120). He has also coordinated a long-term research program for undergraduate students (Bio 49/Bio 50). Finally, he has taught, with Professor Passarelli, a study abroad field studies program in Brazil (Bio 230, Bio 231, or Bio 234) during three consecutive summers (2015-17) and a recent field studies program in Costa Rica (2019). He is currently teaching General Biology (Bio 3BH) and Human Physiology (Bio 12/120).

Bruno Passarelli

Professor of Biology
Professor Bruno Passarelli has been teaching at Saddleback College since Fall 2011. His academic background includes an A.A. in General Science from Santa Monica College, a B.S. in Marine Biology and a M.S. in Biology, both from CSULB. His graduate research focused on investigating the marine live bait trade in California as a potential vector for the introduction of non-indigenous species. He is currently an Adjunct Research Scientist at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, in San Pedro, CA, and a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA with a research focus on marine parasitology. At Saddleback College, he has taught Southern California Coastal Ecology (Marine Science 4), Introduction to Oceanography (Marine Science 20), Human Anatomy (Biology 11), Marine Biology (Biology 19), and Introduction to Biology (Biology 20). He has also taught Field Studies courses in Brazil and Costa Rica for four years with Dr. Pires. Currently, he is teaching Marine Biology (Biology 19) and Human Anatomy (Biology 11).

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

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For Parents

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