Students studying Environmental Biology finalized their lab work through a field trip to the diverse Sierra de Guadarrama, mountains that separate the central Spain provinces of Madrid, Segovia and Ávila.

This region includes 11 distinctive ecosystems and is the only "high Mediterranean mountain" region in Spain.

More than 1,200 animal species make their home in the mountain area’s national park, where Suffolk Madrid students, given extensive time, would find more than 1,500 native plants.

The biology course introduces non-majors to basic evolutionary, behavioral and ecological principles. It emphasizes the ways in which ecological processes and principles affect humans as well as how humans and their technology affect ecosystems.