Melanie Colón Posted October 18, 2017 Share Posted October 18, 2017 2017 WINTER COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT (Dec. 20-Jan. 9)TROPICAL RAINFOREST CANOPY ACCESS TECHNIQUES (CAT W-17)COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, IslaColon, Republic of Panama. The biological station is located on a hillfacing the Caribbean Sea. Coral reef and seagrass ecosystems lie out infront of the station and lowland tropical rain forests lie directly behind.This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverse ecosystems providestremendous opportunities for education and research. See:http://www.itec-edu.org/ for details.INSTRUCTOR: Bill Maher, Tree Climber Coalition, 251 Oak Grove Road,Dawsonville, GA 30534. Telephone (Home) 706-216-2402, (Cell) 706-974-1630,email: email@example.com, Specialty: Tropical forest canopy accessfor research.COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to provide students with themethodology and expertise necessary to explore and conduct research in thetropical forest canopy. The course involves a hands-on approach to thetechniques necessary for accessing the canopy as well as lectures on varioustopics relating to climbing techniques, safety while climbing, facilitationof climbing activities, and combining scientific research with climbing.This course is the equivalent of the Basic Canopy Climbing Course, theCanopy Access Technicians Course, and the Facilitators Course, all doneback-to-back over the length of the session. Certification confirmingparticipation in the course will be awarded to those completing the coursesatisfactorily. For more information, contact Bill Maher or go to:http://www.itec-edu.org/forest-canopy-access-techniques/.Individual Research Projects. Working closely with faculty and students inother courses, climbers will be responsible for designing and completing anoriginal in-canopy research project of their choosing. These projects willbe carried out during the second half of the course (after Boquete) andstudents will have about 10 days for data collection. A few days before theend of the course students will analyze their data, write a technicalreport, prepare a presentation of their work and orally present theirfindings at a station-wide symposium on the last day of the course.BOQUETE CLOUD FOREST FIELD TRIP: This three-day field trip will take placemidway through the course and will allow students the opportunity toexperience tropical cloud and seasonal forests. We travel in ITEC boats tothe mainland and then by private bus to the town of Boquete which lies atthe base of 11,000 ft Volcan Baru. The bus trip will take us up and overthe central mountain range and through remote Palo Seco National Park.Several stops will be made in route.COURSE LENGTH: ITEC Winter field courses are about three weeks in length.The CAT W-17 will run from Dec. 20, 2017 through Jan. 10, 2018.TUITION: $2150 USD. Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals and airporttransfers in Bocas del Toro. The tuition also covers transportation andlodging during the 3-day cloud forest field trip to Boquete.REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Nov. 20, 2017. The course is limited to 10 studentsand applications will be evaluated as they arrive. If you believe that yourapplication may arrive late, notify ITEC.APPLICATIONS can be found at:http://itec-edu.org/education-programs/application/.CONTACT: Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2911 NW 40th PL,Gainesville, FL 32605, tel:352-367-9128, email:firstname.lastname@example.org, web:http://www.itec-edu.org/ ITEC is a 501©(3) non-profit organizationfounded in 1996.Peter N. Lahanas, Ph.DExecutive DirectorInstitute for Tropical Ecologyand Conservation2911 NW 40th PlaceGainesville, FL 32605(352) 367-9128www.itec-edu.orgPhone in Panama: (507)6853-2134 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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