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Summer Course - Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach, June-July 2014

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The tropical biology OTS “Fundamentals course” is an intensive, six-week course in tropical ecology for 22 graduate students that will challenge you in every way. This classic OTS field course has trained tropical biologists since the 1960s. At its heart lie the highly regarded OTS “field problems”, which engage students in the fast-paced formulation of research questions, experimental design, data collection, analysis, and oral and written presentations. Students will take away advanced skills in research design, data analysis, writing, science communication, modeling, and collaborative research – all in the breath-taking tropical setting that is Costa Rica. Long days and late nights, filled with science.


Application Deadline: February 17, 2014

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The course Tropical Biology An Ecological Approach is still accepting

student applications. Keep in mind that this course is aimed at getting

students into the field and developing research skills for a 6 week period.

The course is in the field the entire 6 weeks, and visits the OTS research

stations and several other environments from the pacific coast all the way

up to the Costa Rican Paramo and oak forest at 2300m.


Aside from research and field experience students participate in a video and

podcast production workshop taught by the team at Days Edge Productions and

Radio Lab, respectively. This workshop is part of the Science Communication

Unit the course includes.


A more detailed list of benefits a student can expect to get out of an OTS

course can be found at Small Pond Science:




For information on the course visit: http://bitly.com/19cC8fT




Andres Santana

Organization for Tropical Studies

Graduate Program

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