This Galapagos lava lizard has a dew goatee after waking up from a cold night.

Out of The Blue

Jonathan Amato ’15 amassed many memorable images during an Interterm study trip to the Galapagos led by Professor Fred Caporoso, Ph.D. One was selected from among more than 1,200 submissions for placement on the back cover of the Galapagos Conservancy’s 2015 calendar.

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Jonathan Amato ’15

Jonathan Amato ’15 still remembers the moment. Floating in the Galapagos Islands’ Tortuga Bay, he bobbed on blue-green waters as sea turtles swam past his small boat and birds dived from the sky to catch their lunch. It was a picture-perfect scene, so Amato raised his friend’s Canon with telephoto lens and focused on a bluefooted booby, capturing the bird in a dancelike pose just before it plunged into the sea. Amato amassed many memorable images during an Interterm study trip to the Galapagos led by Professor Fred Caporoso, Ph.D. Now countless others will also enjoy the student’s work, as the photo below of the bluefooted booby was selected from among more than 1,200 submissions for placement on the back cover of the Galapagos Conservancy’s 2015 calendar. Amato, a mathematics major in the Schmid College of Science and Technology, counts the study trip as a highlight of his Chapman University career. “Seeing all that wildlife in its true form was just spectacular,” he says.

Just before entering streamline, this Blue-footed Booby prepares to dive beneath the ocean's surface in search of fish.

Just before entering streamline, this blue-footed booby prepares to dive beneath the ocean’s surface in search of fish.

 

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  • Great profile of Jonathan Amato. You can see more of Jonathan’s excellent photos along with those of his classmates Max Landwirth and Alex Tomko on You Tube:

    ENV 227 Darwin and the Galapagos – Interterm 2013

    U-tube video by Chapman student Jonathan Amato
    The Wonders of the Galapagos Islands (13:33).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1cjcZXKknM