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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Yuko Nakano
Student Post

Final Impressions of Bhutan: Hatch, Crack, Fly

by Yuko Nakano


  At the beginning of the spring semester, we asked student Yuko Nakano about her first impressions of Bhutan. Now, after a semester in country, we reconnected with Yuko.   What did you like most about the SFS experience? I...
May 8, 2019
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Turks & Caicos Islands
Marine Resource Studies
Lina Beron Echavarria
Student Post

Final Impressions of TCI

by Lina Berón Echavarría


  At the beginning of the spring semester, we asked student Lina Beron Echavarria about her first impressions of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Now, after a semester in country, we reconnected with Lina.   What did you like most...
May 8, 2019
Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies
Jennifer Maiorana
Student Post

Final Impressions of Cambodia

by Jen Maiorana


  At the beginning of the spring semester, we asked student Jen Maiorana about her first impressions of Cambodia. Now, after a semester in country, we reconnected with Jen.   What did you like most about the SFS experience? Interviewing...
May 8, 2019
		
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Turks & Caicos Islands
Marine Resource Studies
Faculty Post

Be A Climate Pirate

by Franziska Elmer, Ph.D.


If you were part of the biggest event in human history, what role would you play?   In the next 12 years we will write history. Each one of us will contribute to the biggest event human history has ever...
May 8, 2019
		
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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Liz Walker
Student Post

Final Impressions of Panama

by Liz Walker


  At the beginning of the spring semester, student Liz Walker shared her first impressions of Panama. Now, after a semester in country, we reconnected with Liz.   What did you like most about the SFS experience? My favorite experience...
May 7, 2019
		
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Costa Rica
Sustainable Development Studies
Faculty Post

Sounds from a Cloud Forest

by J. Edgardo Arévalo Hernandez, Ph.D.


Sounds from a Cloud Forest: The Research on Bird Songs and Anthropogenic Interference   Protected areas in Costa Rica comprise a variety of tropical habitats and make about one quarter of the country. Given this condition, one might expect that...
May 7, 2019
Beverly Massachusetts
SFS World Headquarters
Staff Post

SFS Receives Cummings Foundation Grant

by Marta Brill, M.A.


The School for Field Studies Awarded $200,000 Beverly nonprofit receives Cummings Foundation grant   Katlyn Armstrong, SFS Vice President of New Programs and Strategic Initiatives at SFS, and Marta Brill, Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations at SFS, represented The...
May 3, 2019
Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Staff Post

Directed Research in Panama

by Jorie Heilman


Directed Research is up and running in Bocas. We have three groups this semester working on very different projects: Professor Carolyn Kovacs' group (Tropical Coastal Ecology) is continuing a project that started in Fall 2018, studying sea stars at Playa...
April 24, 2019
Costa Rica
Sustainable Development Studies
Staff Post

Crowdfunding for Faculty Research

by Sophia Graybill


SFS' 2019 Faculty Research Crowdfunding campaign is underway! The campaign launched yesterday morning with the goal of raising money for two of our faculty members to purchase new research equipment. Dr. Edgardo Arévalo (Professor of Tropical Ecology, Costa Rica) and...
April 24, 2019
		
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Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies
Staff Post

Histories of the Bunong Indigenous People

by Arden Simone


    This month, SFS students are focused on Directed Research (DR) -- one of my favorite parts of the semester. I enjoy DR because it is applied, experiential, purposeful, project-based and “real world experience” learning, and it grants students...
April 24, 2019
		
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Turks & Caicos Islands
Marine Resource Studies
Anna Ortega
Student Post

It Starts with Us

by Anna Ortega


"Many of you want to be coral scientists, but you might want to reconsider that." Cut to our Marine Ecology professor clicking out of her climate change Powerpoint and onto https://climateclock.net/, a website none of us had ever heard of....
April 18, 2019
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Staff Post

Bhutan: A Look Back

by Marta Brill, M.A.


This summer will mark a momentous occasion -- ten years of consecutive programming for The School for Field Studies in the Kingdom of Bhutan. From its inception through the spring semester of 2019, SFS has welcomed nearly 300 students to...
April 15, 2019
Peru
Amazon Studies
Peru Lisbet Christoffersen
Faculty Post

The Right to Decide

by Lisbet Christoffersen, Ph.D.


The Right to Decide: Culture and Crop Diversity in the Andes In times where food production increasingly concentrates in large corporate monopolies, and the ingredients in our processed meals are based on still fewer crops, looking into the field of...
April 9, 2019
Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies
Maya Glicksman
Student Post

Cooking Tricks from the Masters (Video and Recipes!)

by Maya Glicksman


Every meal prepared by our beloved staff members Maly and Congkea is cooked with love, laughter, spice, and vegetarian options, of course. We’ve been living at the Center for over two months now, and are constantly surprised with flavor profiles...
April 9, 2019
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Vishva Nalamalapu
Student Post

From Silence to Noise

by Vishva Nalamalapu


Our plane shudders to a halt on the runway of Paro Airport. I step out, and I am immediately enveloped by an expansive silence that engulfs the valley and everything beyond it. I continue on — off the runway, through...
April 8, 2019
		
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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Siobhan Moynihan
Student Post

The Human Footprint, and the Soothing Sounds of Nature

by Siobhan Moynihan


There’s a melody to conservation, and I was once told by a professor to listen to the sounds nature made. Whether that be the falling of heavy rain on our steel roofs, or the grackles crackling to each other, the...
April 8, 2019
Australia
Rainforest Studies
Emma McGurren
Student Post

Our Last Hurrah on the Great Barrier Reef

by Emma McGurren


This is the first SFS Australia semester that has included a major reef component. As I explored study abroad programs, SFS Australia stood out to me because it involved ecosystem restoration studies, while also exploring the connections between the health...
April 8, 2019
		
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Kenya
Wildlife and Water Studies
Faculty Post

Unpacking Human-Wildlife Conflict

by Kendi Borona, Ph.D.


Unpacking Human-Wildlife Conflict in the Amboseli Tsavo Ecosystem, Kenya   Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) is undoubtedly one of the most problematic issues in and around conservation areas in Africa. One of the activities that students undertook this semester was to interview...
April 8, 2019
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