Costa Rica Field Studies
The Costa Rica Field Studies course focuses on studies of biodiversity and on conservation issues in the tropics. It is intended for students who want to experience field research in ecology and to get a taste of tropical diversity.
The full year course, AUBIO/AUENV 459, includes a two week field expedition to a private Costa Rica forest reserve. This study site, previously in northwestern Guanacaste, has now been moved to the Osa Peninsula. Everyone on the expedition carries out a research project related to the assessment of biological diversity or ecological studies of target species for conservation.
Besides learning what is involved in preparing for and carrying out a successful two week field expedition, the students compose a research report that is shared with the reserve owners, serving as an indicator of the effects of their conservation and management program.
Check out the gallery of past trips.
*March 2013 Update*
Students in their 2nd-4th year of study can now apply to participate in the Winter 2014 course, Directed Studies in Tropical Ecology and Conservation. Students in this Directed Studies course will participate in wildlife research as part of small team of four students and two instructors. The research team will meet weekly (90 minutes) with the faculty mentors throughout the 2013-14 academic year and conduct 10-12 days of field work at the Piro Biological Station in February 2014. Participants will receive funding from the Roger Epp Team-Based Undergraduate Research Award