Since 1963, this OTS course in Costa Rica has trained ecologists and evolutionary biologists using an active learning approach, which engages students in a fun and fast-paced research environment. This is an intensive course in tropical ecology that will challenge you in every way. At its heart lie the highly regarded OTS “field problems”, which engage students in the fast-paced formulation of research questions, experimental design, data collection, analysis, oral presentations, and written papers. Students will take away advanced skills in research design, data analysis, writing, science communication, modeling, and collaborative research. All the skills will be strengthened through research practice in all OTS field stations, comprising lowland wet forest, tropical dry forest and montane forest. Partial fellowships/scholarships available.
- Visit all three world famous OTS field stations, giving you a perfect representation of Costa Rican ecosystems (Tropical Dry Forests, High-Altitude Forests, & Caribbean Tropical Forests)
- Get the "boots on the ground" research skills you need to conduct your own independent research project with the mentorship of faculty and other experts
- Rub elbows with some of the world's leading tropical scientists while living at our field stations
- Immerse yourself in one of the world's biodiversity "hotspots"