Applied Research Techniques & Strategies Toward Sustainability
Get into the field!
In this second summer session, the emphasis is on field research techniques. Students design and conduct field research on a topic of immediate relevance to local clients, proposing alternative approaches to development in an effort to address the many challenges of conservation.
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 2: Excursion to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Week 3: Field lectures at Manuel Antonio National Park
Week 4: Classes, field work, data analysis, writing and presentation, 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 4930 Applied Research Techniques and Strategies Toward Sustainability (4 credits)
This course provides students the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a field research project that addresses a local environmental issue. Students’ exposure to several parks and protected areas helps them design a field research project related to sustainable development and tourism that contributes to the strategic research plan of the Center. Participants collect, manage, and analyze data, and communicate research results to our local stakeholders.