Life in the Field

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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

Valley of Transformation

by Lucy Bock


Every place I have traveled to has had its unique cultural treasure chest to share with those who are lucky enough to visit. Bhutan’s is filled with intricately decorated architecture and smiling faces...   All photos courtesy of Matteo Moretti...
February 19, 2020
Peru
Amazon Studies
Faculty Post

Amazon River Expedition and Indigenous Knowledge

by Laura Morales, Ph.D.


Recently, we traveled with our students on an extended excursion to the Sucusari River. This excursion marks our fifth semester visiting this area to explore medicinal plants, see mature forests from the heights, experience community-based conservation and learn from members...
February 19, 2020
		
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Costa Rica
Sustainable Development Studies
Student Post

Looking Back on SFS Costa Rica

by Sammie Trvalik


At the end of each semester, we ask a few students to reflect back on their SFS experience. Here's what Sammie Trvalik had to say about SFS Costa Rica:   What’s the first story you’re going to tell your friends...
December 19, 2019
Chile
Climate Studies
Student Post

Impressions of Chile

by Luke Stover


At the beginning of the fall semester, we asked student Luke Stover to share with us his initial impressions of the program. We checked back in with Luke as the semester came to a close to see how his thoughts...
December 19, 2019
		
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Costa Rica
Sustainable Development Studies
Staff Post

Directed Research in Costa Rica

by Ryan Buchanan


Here at SFS Costa Rica, during the final 4 weeks of fall and spring semesters, students dedicate their time to Directed Research (DR) projects. This semester, students completed the 7 day long fieldwork component on Monday November 25th before working...
December 18, 2019
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

An Elephant Ate My Directed Research Paper: A Final Reflection

by Cooper Dart


In the back corner of the Center, a small, plastic-walled greenhouse sits with its door hanging open on a broken hinge. Soon after arriving, it became my quiet place. I could sit on its worn wooden bench and watch the...
December 18, 2019
Costa Rica
Sustainable Development Studies
Student Post

Friction, Balance, and Reflection

by Hannah Paolucci


During the sun-lit hours of breakfast and lunch, we are treated with la vista: the (grand) view from our tables in the kitchen. The amount of space that our eyes so fluidly navigate to reach the trees below and the...
December 18, 2019
		
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Chile
Climate Studies
Staff Post

SFS' First Directed Research in Patagonia

by Gabriela Stablein


After a rigorous semester of learning as much as they can about science and how it can relate to the harsh Patagonian landscape, our students have seized the opportunity to study this region more in-depth. With the guidance and direction...
December 3, 2019
Australia
Rainforest Studies
Student Post

What's It Like to Study Abroad in Australia?

by Marley Mullin


When I first decided to study abroad in the rainforests of Australia, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I imagined some combination of pouring rain, jumping kangaroos, and an abundance of vegemite. I also thought I would learn a...
December 3, 2019
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

Slowing Down in the Himalayas

by Alex Nazzaro


With only a month left in Bhutan, I hope to take back the sense of slowness and calm I’ve felt here. I’ve gotten used to going with the flow and have given up some of the control I usually like...
December 3, 2019
Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies
Staff Post

A Day in the (Research) Life of an SFS Student

by Karen Obertubbesing


Our students are halfway through the data collection portion of Directed Research, otherwise affectionately known as “DR.” This component of an SFS program is a highlight and a distinguishing feature of the SFS experience, with undergraduate students working closely with...
November 27, 2019
Turks & Caicos Islands
Marine Resource Studies
Faculty Post

Directed Research in TCI

by Courtney Pickett, M.P.A.


Directed research is underway here in the Turks and Caicos! Students have now finished exams and wrapped up classes, and we will be spending all week in the field collecting data. There are six projects being conducted covering topics such...
November 26, 2019
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Staff Post

Directed Research in Bhutan

by Annika Min


Directed Research in Bhutan: Farms, Roads, Trees, and Trash - with a Side of Milk Tea As our semester draws to a close, the students of SFS Bhutan have been busier than ever conducting directed research (DR) under the guidance...
November 26, 2019
		
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Kenya
Wildlife and Water Studies
Staff Post

Directed Research in Kenya

by Alicia Houser


“How has climate change affected your daily activities in the last 10-15 years?” is one of many questions that SFS Kenya students gather answers to during Directed Research (DR). The majority people group in the areas surrounding our base, Kimana,...
November 26, 2019
		
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