Life in the Field

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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
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
		
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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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Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies
Faculty Post

Climate Change on Cambodia's Great Lake

by Ming Li Yong, Ph.D.


Cambodia has been identified as a country that is very vulnerable to the effects of climate change. As part of their Environmental Ethics and Development course offered during our Cambodia semester program, students set out to perform a brief social...
November 21, 2019
Tanzania
Wildlife Management Studies
Faculty Post

Reptile Research in Tanzania

by Ole Theisinger, Ph.D.


Sometimes It's the Little Things: Reptile Research in Tanzania   After an exciting semester at our Center for Wildlife Management Studies (CWMS) in Tanzania, it is time again for Directed Research. This semester, my students and I spent most of...
November 20, 2019
Australia
Rainforest Studies
Staff Post

Student Research Spotlight: Australia

by Mark Seifert, Ph.D.


We are excited to introduce SFS' first ever Student Research Spotlight! This spotlight shines on a group of passionate students who went down undah to study the role of dung beetles in Australia’s rainforest restoration. Curious what they discovered? Read...
November 5, 2019
		
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Chile
Climate Studies
Student Post

Untold Stories of Patagonia

by Claire Connors


Last week, we traveled down to Punta Arenas to board a ship which took us through the fjords of Tierra del Fuego. Among the glaciers, penguins, and choppy seas, we stopped at Wulaia bay for a day hike. As we...
October 7, 2019
		
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Chile
Climate Studies
Faculty Post

Welcome to Patagonia

by Greg Zielinski, Ph.D.


This is the very first post from the new SFS Center for Climate Studies in Puerto Natales, Chile, right on the doorstep of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. We have been busy getting the Center ready for students...
September 18, 2019
		
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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Faculty Post

SFS Panama in TCI!

by Carolyn Kovacs, M.S.


Hola! This is a guest post, as I am normally the lecturer in Tropical Coastal Ecology for the SFS Center for Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies in Bocas del Toro, Panama. I was given the opportunity to visit the TCI campus...
July 30, 2019
Costa Rica
Sustainable Development Studies
Faculty Post

Cacao's Role in Regenerative Tourism

by Mary Little, LL.M.


Our day began by hiking to the cacao plantation through hot cattle pastures scarred by erosion. The students’ relief was palpable at being embraced by the shady agroforestry system, home to poison-dart frogs, toucans, and a wild variety of insects....
July 30, 2019
		
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Turks & Caicos Islands
Marine Resource Studies
Faculty Post

Diving into Research

by Franziska Elmer, Ph.D.


Research is at full swing at the Center for Marine Resource Studies in South Caicos. While most of our students are making their first experiences with research, our faculty is making a lot of progress on all fronts of research....
June 29, 2019
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