Tropical Field Ecology in Costa Rica
Travel Dates: August 15 – 30, 2014
Faculty: Luis A. Ruedas
This is an upper level course for students with an interest in Tropical ecology and related sciences. It is taught as a field class in Costa Rica during the Summer 2013 term with visits to two ecologically divergent sites: one located in the high mountains along the Cordillera de Talamanca continental divide and the other in the lowland Rain Forest in the interior northern Costa Rica. The course is designed to provide the student with a framework in ecology of Tropical systems, with a focus on field biology techniques and applications. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the ecology of organisms in real-life situations in the field. Students will be undertaking hands on field exercises that will result in real scientific data on population and demographics of smaller vertebrates and plants. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to examine information on the evolutionary history and special adaptations of Tropical biota within the context of their ecological roles as individuals or populations in a biological community.
This course offers a wonderful opportunity to explore Tropical ecosystems that are non-existent within the continental United States. Furthermore, Costa Rica offers a long-standing and well established national park system, and a geographical localization in an ithmus, resulting in a concentrated biodiversity relative to other locations in the Tropics.
This course is open to all majors; however, applicants should be familiar with the scope of ecology and have a mastery of its basic facts, principles, and concepts.
Professor Luis and the Education Abroad Office will offer the following informational sessions and provide interested applicants with more details of the program as well as the application process:
- BI 410: Tropical Field Ecology in Costa Rica (6) OR
- BI 510: Tropical Field Ecology in Costa Rica (6)
|Credit Option||Tuition & Program Fees||Additional Estimated Costs||Total Program Cost|
|Total 6 credits||$2,470||$1,080||$3,550|
Relevant Academic Disciplines
- Juniors, Seniors, and graduate students from all majors
- GPA of 2.75 for undergraduates
- GPA of 3.0 for graduate students
Language Skill: None