Life in the Field

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Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies
Faculty Post

Compassion and Courage in the Time of this Novel Coronavirus

by Lisa Arensen, Ph.D.


Whenever possible, I choose to write about wilderness and wildness, and efforts to protect and sustainably use our planet’s natural resources. And I could mention many moving incidents of watching...
March 17, 2020
Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

COVID-19: A Student's Perspective

by Ani Williams


I am currently sitting on the SFS center terrace watching the sun come up over the surrounding Himalayan peaks while I sip my coffee. Dogs are barking in the distance,...
March 16, 2020
Chile
Climate Studies
Staff Post

Back to Where I've Never Been

by Jack Henry Buck


Patagonia is vast. It may not look so large on a map, but seeing it stretch before you, experiencing it firsthand, this land is enormous. And it is overflowing with...
March 12, 2020
Peru
Amazon Studies
Student Post

SFS Peru: More than I Could Have Imagined

by Raphaella Miscia


I’m sitting across from my friend and current student, Emily during lunch while on our excursion to the Tamshiyacu-Teahuayo National Preserve. She’s telling us about her group’s most recent outing...
March 12, 2020
Turks & Caicos Islands
Marine Resource Studies
Student Post

A Week in the Life of a TCI Student

by Jenny Waters


Monday: My week starts off at 6:20 AM when some friends and I do a light morning stretch session to get ready for the busy day (and week) ahead! Stretching...
March 10, 2020
Tanzania
Wildlife Management Studies
Student Post

Dear Prospective Student...

by Dina Murphy


Dear prospective student, I was once in your spot not too long ago, making a decision that would change my life. I had never been out of the country for...
March 10, 2020
		
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Bhutan
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

Savoring the Moment in Bhutan

by Ani Williams


Our breath puffed out mist in front of us as we ran toward the jagged Himalayan peaks jutting into the sky. They were so big it looked like we could...
March 10, 2020
		
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Panama
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Student Post

A Week in the Life of a Panama Student

by Nina Hulet


Monday: Waking up bright and early, a few of my friends and I started our week off on a bright note by doing sunrise yoga on the center’s dock. After...
March 10, 2020
		
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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...
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...
February 19, 2020
Kenya
Wildlife and Water Studies
Staff Post

10 Reasons to Study Abroad in Kenya

by Lora Doughty


Kenya: A Wild Adventure!   Africa. Few places in the world evoke such pure excitement, with the prospect of seeing large mammals roaming free in their natural habitats - elephants...
January 31, 2020
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Cambodia
Conservation and Development Studies
Staff Post

10 Reasons to Study Abroad in Cambodia

by Lora Doughty


Cambodia: Vibrant and Beautiful   The dense, green jungle bursts with a chorus of birdsong, and soft steps and snapping branches herald the arrival of an Asian elephant, while a...
January 31, 2020
Peru
Amazon Studies
Staff Post

10 Reasons to Study Abroad in Peru

by Lora Doughty


Peru: Amazing Amazon   Imagine peering out across the horizon – and all that meets the eye is dense green foliage. You take a deep breath, and the sweet, warm...
January 25, 2020
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:  ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
December 3, 2019
		
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