Posted on May 11, 2010 by Tia Lalani

The team at Learning and Beyond have produced a video about Augustana’s Costa Rica Field Studies Tour!

The Costa Rica Field Studies course focuses on studies of biodiversity and on conservation issues in the tropics. It is intended for students who want to experience field research in ecology and to get a taste of tropical biodiversity.

The full-year course, BIO/ENV 359/459, includes a two-week field expedition to a private forest reserve in northwestern Costa Rica. Everyone on the expedition designs and carries out a research project related to the assessment of biological diversity or ecological studies of target species for conservation.

Besides learning what is involved in preparing for and carrying out a successful two week field expedition, the students compose a research report that is shared with the reserve owners, serving as an indicator of the effects of their conservation and management program.


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