Tropical Forest Ecology and Marine Biology of Costa Rica is an intensive, two-week international field course designed primarily for
majors in biology, natural science, and related fields; yet the course is open to students in all majors.
This course will introduce you to the general principles of tropical ecology, emphasizing forest and marine ecology, conservation, biodiversity concepts, plant and animal interactions and adaptations, effects of human disturbance on native flora and fauna, and field research techniques. An introduction to sustainability will include a tour of a sustainable ecotourism lodge and a plantation with shade grown coffee. The course includes a community activity with a local school.
You will develop and apply skills in field research and in using the scientific method. You will conduct two independent research projects.