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SUMMER FIELD COURSES IN TROPICAL ECOLOGY

 

Summer A, FILLED

 

Summer B (June 15-July 10; Application Deadline, May 15, 2015)

 

CORAL REEF ECOLOGY, Alfred Beulig, Ph.D., New College of Florida,

beulig@ncf.edu. See:

http://itec-edu.org/itec-field-courses-2/coral-reef-ecology/.

 

PRIMATE ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR, Sarah Zohdy, Ph.D., Emory University,

sarah.zohdy@emory.edu. See: http://itec-edu.org/1536-2/.

 

NEOTROPICAL HERPETOLOGY, Peter N. Lahanas, Ph.D., ITEC,

lahanas@itec-edu.org, See: http://itec-edu.org/tropical-herpetology/.

 

TROPICAL RAINFOREST AND CANOPY ECOLOGY, Barry Sullender, Ph.D., ITEC and

Cuixmala School, Jalisco, Mexico, barry.w.sullender@gmail.com, See:

http://itec-edu.org/itec-field-courses-2/tropical-rainforest-and-canopy-ecol

ogy/.

 

CANOPY ACCESS TECHNIQUES, Joe Maher, Treeclimbing U.S.A., ITEC,

jmaher@treeclimbercoalition.org, See:

http://itec-edu.org/forest-canopy-access-techniques/.

 

Summer C (July 15-August 9; Application Deadline, June 15, 2015)

 

TROPICAL ETHNOBOTANY, TBA, See: http://itec-edu.org/tropical-ethnobotany/.

 

TROPICAL ANIMAL BEHAVIOR, Peter N. Lahanas, Ph.D., ITEC,

lahanas@itec-edu.org, See: http://itec-edu.org/tropical-animal-behavior/.

 

TROPICAL FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY, Joe Maher, Treeclimbing U.S.A., ITEC,

jmaher@treeclimbercoalition.org, See:

http://itec-edu.org/tropical-field-photography/.

 

TROPICAL AVIAN ECOLOGY, Scott T. Walter, Ph.D., Tulane University.

scott.t.walter@gmail.com, See : http://itec-edu.org/tropical-avian-ecology/.

 

COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Isla

Colon, Republic of Panama. The biological station is located on a hill

facing the Caribbean Sea. Coral reef and seagrass ecosystems are out in

front of the station and lowland tropical rain forests lie directly behind.

This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverse ecosystems provides

tremendous opportunities for education and research. See

http://www.itec-edu.org/. for details.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION. The ITEC course model is built around experiential

learning in three basic areas, field data collection methods and analysis,

independent research, and cultural experience. The availability of tropical

marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems adjacent to the field station

provides unparalleled opportunities for education and research. Each course

begins with an orientation period designed to familiarize the student with

forest trails systems, coral reef locations and ecosystems available for

study at the field station. This is followed by a week of intensive

instruction concerning the field methods and techniques employed for data

collection specific to the course subject. Up to six hours of field

instruction will be provided each day and will be in the form informal

lectures, group projects, demonstrations and exercises. Formal lectures

will take place in the classroom during the day or at night along with

various assigned readings, discussions or critiques. With knowledge gained

from these experiences and under the guidance of faculty, students will

design and write an independent research proposal on a topic of their

choosing. At mid-course the entire field station community will embark on a

three-day field trip to the Boquete highlands where students will have the

opportunity to experience high elevation montane (cloud) forest and low

elevation seasonal (dry) forest on the same day. This trip also provides a

cultural experience as we travel widely across western Panama, stopping at

various locations in route. On return to the field station students will

have five to seven days to carry out their independent research project.

Towards the end of the course students will analyze their data, write a

technical report and present their findings during a station-wide

symposium. Please contact the instructor or ITEC for detailed information.

TUITION: $2150 USD. Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals and airport

transfers in Bocas del Toro. The tuition also covers transportation and

lodging during the three-day cloud forest field trip on the mainland.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Summer B Deadline, May 15, 2014), Summer C Deadline,

June 15, 2015).

 

ITEC courses are limited to 10 students and applications will be evaluated

as they arrive. Applications can be found at

http://www.itec-edu.org/application/ If you believe that your application

may arrive late, notify ITEC.

 

GRADING and COURSE CREDIT: Up to 6 units of credit will be given, 3 for the

lecture portion and 3 for the field portion. A letter grade will be

assigned based on exams, reports, proposals, attendance at lectures, as well

as by less tangibles such as personal attitude, motivation, and contribution

to the course. Course credit must be arranged through the student¹s

institution. Contact ITEC for details.

 

CONTACT: Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2911 NW 40th PL,

Gainesville, FL 32605, phone: 352-367-9128, email: itec@itec-edu.org, web:

http://www.itec-edu.org. ITEC is a non-profit 501©(3) organization

founded in 1996.

 

 

*********************************

Peter N. Lahanas, Ph.D.

Executive Director

 

Institute for Tropical Ecology

and Conservation (ITEC)

2911 NW 40th Place

Gainesville, FL 32605, USA

 

phn: 352-367-9128

web: http://www.itec-edu.org

 

In Panama: 011-507-6853-2134

lahanas@gmail.com

 

Bocas del Toro Biological Station

Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Panama

Field Station Manager, Enrique Dixon

011-507-6624-9246

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