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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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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
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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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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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
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
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
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
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Faculty Post

The Hidden Himalayas

by Jesse Lewis, M.S.


Camera Traps Reveal the Hidden Himalayas The forests of the Eastern Himalayas are some of the most biodiverse in the world, and are the last stronghold for many threatened wildlife species. However, without understanding the biology of these rare species,...
April 8, 2019
Turks & Caicos Islands
Marine Resource Studies
Faculty Post

Sun, Surf, and Directed Research

by Courtney Pickett, M.P.A.


Coming back from our mid-semester break, students leapt right in and started their Directed Research (DR) work. The DR capstone course improves students’ knowledge of the research process and helps students develop research skill sets such as understanding the process...
April 8, 2019
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Faculty Post

Harmonious Phobjikha

by Purna Chhetri, Ph.D.


I will now continue my story of fascinating Phobjikha valley, about which I said “Every season the valley is in different a mode and mood”. This time I will tell the tale of the transition period - the end of...
March 12, 2019
Turks & Caicos Islands
Marine Resource Studies
Faculty Post

The Plastic Problem

by Ewa Krzyszczyk, Ph.D.


This week, the students are in study mode for their midterms, but we have had a few exciting visitors on our dives – dolphins! That included a young calf and its mom that checked out some of the students. Their...
March 12, 2019
		
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