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Natural History of Costa Rica

Location: Biological Field Stations of Costa Rica

Course: BIOL 241 & 341

To learn about tropical biodiversity and its conservation in Central America, students live and study at biological field stations in tropical rain forests, cloud forests, and dry forests on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of Costa Rica. At each field station, they work in small groups to design research projects, collect and analyze data, and present results in oral and written reports. Most research projects focus on mammals (such as the young mantled howler monkey), birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and plants. In addition, participants visit volcanoes, museums, national parks, and historical sites.

During past courses, students found the famous Red-eyed Leaf Frog during a night hike at La Selva Biological Field Station, studied the natural history of organisms in an endangered dry forest at Palo Verde National Park, and explored the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and coastal habitats at Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve on the Pacific side.

Instructors: Professor of Biology Stan Sessions and Associate Professor of Biology Peter Fauth
Length of program: 21 days

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