During this 4-week field course, you will visit all three OTS field stations, as well as other unique ecosystems throughout Costa Rica. Integrating classroom and field instruction introduces students to some of the most critical issues facing tropical biodiversity and threatened ecosystems, as well as the fundamental principles of tropical biology, ecology, and natural history of local plants and animals. The ecological complexity of the tropics, the patterns of species diversity, and the types of species interactions that characterize these systems are a major theme. You will complete the course by engaging in independent research and then present your results with the support of program faculty.
- Explore all three famous OTS field research stations
- Live, study and conduct research in one of the world's biodiversity hotspots
- Understand how human activities impact tropical ecosystems
- Design, conduct and present independent capstone project