Tropical Biology Practicum
This course offers students the opportunity to explore biodiversity his course offers students the opportunity to explore biodiversity hand conduct field studies in tropical rainforest, Pacific dry forest, Pacific rock reef, and Pacific mangrove swamp ecosystems of Costa Rica. Students will stay at multiple locations, including La Tirimbina Bioreserve and Selva Verde Ecolodge, both located in the central lowland province; La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano and geothermal hot springs; and Curú National Wildlife Refuge on the Pacific coast. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the trip, including extensive hiking in a variety of environments, white water rafting on the Sarapiquí River, sea kayaking, snorkeling, and tours of a reptile sanctuary and coffee and chocolate plantations. Students certified in the use of SCUBA will have the opportunity to go on 2-4 dives over the Pacific rock reefs near Curú. Particular emphasis will be given to using specialized field gears to collect and observe freshwater fishes, marine fishes, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals (especially bats), and birds. A full-time native guide will also provide students with insights into Costa Rican culture and history while they are experiencing the incredible biodiversity of Central America!
For more information contact:
Dr. Reuben Goforth, FNR, firstname.lastname@example.org