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seville spain biology summer abroad

Program Description

Seville, Spain is an ideal setting for putting evolutionary biology into an international and cultural context.  As part of the courses, students explore local sites such as the Estación Biológica de Doñana, the Seville Cathedral, the Real Alcázar, and the magnificent Roman ruins known as Itálica.  Day-long field trips may include a hike through the Parque Natural Sierra Grazalema, a restricted natural area, a visit to Puerto de Santa María, and a tour of Cádiz, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula.

Evolutionary Biology covers genetic and ecological bases of evolutionary changes within populations and of evolutionary divergence in animals and plants.  The course includes topics such as the natural history of the Iberian Peninsula, endemism and the endangered flora and fauna of the Iberian Peninsula, and the genetics of artificial selection with special reference to domesticated plants and animals in Spanish culture and society.  Students study topics such as the introduction of cultivated herbs and spices from the Far East, the introduction of cultivated food plants from the New World, and the domestication of animals such as Spanish fighting bulls, Iberian black pigs and Andalucian horses.

Concurrently, students take a three-hour course on Spanish culture and society, which can be used to meet the College of Natural Sciences foreign language/culture requirement.


  • BIO 370 | Evolutionary Biology
  • EUS 346 |Spanish Culture & Society.  Course meets College of Natural Sciences foreign language and culture requirement.

Faculty Director

mark bierner

Mark Bierner

Dr. Mark Bierner is a botanist who specializes in the evolution and classification of flowering plants with emphasis on members of the sunflower family, Asteraceae.  He has taught a variety of biology courses from the undergraduate to graduate level at the University of Tennessee, Texas State University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Texas, and has led study abroad programs five times, once through the University of Arizona and four times through the University of Texas.

Program and Application Details

For full program details and information on how to apply, go to the Program Page.

Questions? Email: Arelis Palacios