Follow Ursinus College students as they travel throughout Costa Rica this December and January, pursuing research projects at five biological field stations in a diverse array of tropical habitats.
This course heads to Costa Rica every other winter. Seventeen students have joined two professors for the 2017-18 trip. Check out the 2015-2016 webpage to get a glimpse at past experiences.
Hosted by the Organization for Tropical Studies, students in BIO/ENV-320 (Biology of the Neotropics) conduct research at five research stations throughout Costa Rica:
- Palo Verde Biological Station (10.347778°N, 85.350278°W) features extensive wetlands adjacent to one the best patches of dry forest remaining in Central America.
- Las Alturas Biological Station (8.945°N, 82.833W), at 1500 m elevation, is a rustic field station adjacent to 500,000 ha of primary forest in the Amistad Biosphere Reserve.
- Las Cruces Biological Station (8.785694° N, Longitude: 82.959722W), at 1200 m elevation, is home to the Wilson Botanical Garden plus 300 hectares of mid-elevation wet forest.
- Piro Research Station (8.403889°N, Longitude: 83.336667°W), operated by Osa Conservation, is located in mature, lowland Pacific rainforest bordered by miles of deserted tropical beach.
- La Selva Biological Station (10.431172°N,84.004022°W), the research headquarters of OTS, includes 1,600 hectares of lowland Caribbean rainforest that receives 4 m of rainfall a year.
Winter in the Tropics: Violet Sabrewing at Las Cruces, Jan. 4, 2018