Life in the Field


Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Faculty Post

In the Footsteps of the Divine Madman

by Jesse Lewis, M.S.

Descending the 10,170 foot (3,100 m) pass of Dochu-la the towering trunks of Himalayan Hemlocks and spruce rise out of the cool misty air. Ferns, orchids and wispy strands of moss hang from the trees as we tunnel through dense...
July 18, 2018
Costa Rica
Sustainable Development Studies
Student Post

Space for My Identity in Costa Rica

by Alyssa Britton

Lightning flashed far away, too distant to hear, illuminating the night sky a rich purple for a fleeting moment. The bridge I stood on swayed with the rhythm of my professors’ and classmates’ steps, the rush of the Sarapiqui River...
July 18, 2018
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Staff Post

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

by Dr. James Cramer

Anthony Bourdain was a much-needed ambassador for fostering understanding of and appreciation for people and cultures around the world. Thus we at SFS join the worldwide chorus of those saddened by his death. On the final episode of his show...
June 26, 2018
Rainforest Studies
Staff Post

The Treaty of Waitangi and Ruapekapeka Pa

by Bridget Gilmore

Students with our Summer I program recently spent ten days in New Zealand. For three nights, we slept at a marae, a fenced in complex of buildings, with the Prime family. In this cross-cultural experience, students and staff lived with...
June 21, 2018
Himalayan Environment and Development Studies
Student Post

Bhutan Adventure

by Fiona Lowry

The moment I stepped off of the plane in Paro, Bhutan my lungs filled with air so clear and fresh I felt like I had never breathed air before in my life. We have had over a week to settle...
June 15, 2018
Amazon Studies
Faculty Post

VIDEO: Tracking Andean Bears in Peru

by Mark Bowler, Ph.D.

Earlier this semester, SFS Peru journeyed to Wayqecha Biological Station, on the edge of Manu National Park, to learn about bear conservation. SFS' Dr. Mark Bowler put together a video of the trip - check it out below! Dr. Bowler...
May 7, 2018
Conservation and Development Studies
Staff Post

Lessons from the Tonle Sap

by Angela Hessenius

Lessons from the Tonle Sap Lake: Hope in Times of Transition Five students, one intern, one professor, and two translators get in two fiberglass boats on a shallow, muddy stream. It’s not long until our boats get stuck, so we...
April 25, 2018
Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Faculty Post

Directed Research in Panama

by Carolyn Kovacs, M.S.

The last four weeks of program at SFS are composed of Directed Research (DR). During this time students work with one of the Center's four professors on a research project specific to that field of study. We have some students...
April 20, 2018
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