Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Development
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In this interdisciplinary session, students immerse themselves in Costa Rica’s tropical ecosystems, learning how they are connected to the country’s sustainable development strategies. The session culminates in a short research practicum examining the impact of tourism on rural communities and conservation areas, as well as the role of coffee farms in carbon sequestration.
Spend the summer on an organic farm, surrounded by incredible biodiversity and unforgettable national parks and wildlife reserves of Costa Rica. These summer courses can be taken individually (4 credits) or in combination for a total of 8 credits. The combined summer program provides a comprehensive look into the sustainability of tropical ecosystems, as well as field research techniques for addressing conservation questions. Students participating in both sessions receive a $1,000 discount.
Week 1: Introductions, orientation, class begins, excursion to Braulio Carrillo National Park
Week 2: Field trips to Jacó and Carara National Park
Week 3: Classes and field work
Week 4: Data analysis, final exam, closing activities
Itinerary subject to change.
A Note about Program Costs
Includes all pre-program advising services, room and board at the field station and on excursions, park entrance and research fees, program-related transportation, emergency evacuation insurance, and official transcript processing.
Does not include international airfare, international medical insurance, medical costs, and personal non-program related expenses.
SFS 3520 Sustaining Tropical Ecosystems: Biodiversity, Conservation, and Development (4 credits)
This course provides students with an introduction to the practical field skills and topical knowledge necessary to understand, develop, and participate in community and tropical ecosystem-based research projects. Students examine the ecological, economic, and natural resource management issues that surround protected areas and tourism management, parks and people relations, and biodiversity assessment and protection, with the intent of exploring sustainable development and management strategies.