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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 lie 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.

INSTRUCTOR: Bill Maher, Tree Climber Coalition, 251 Oak Grove Rd., Dawsonville, GA, 30534. Telephone 229-732-5973, email: billmaher251@windstream.net, Specialty: Tropical canopy access for research.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to provide students with the methodology and expertise necessary to explore and conduct research in the tropical forest canopy. The course involves a hands-on approach to the techniques necessary for accessing the canopy as well as lectures on various topics relating to climbing techniques, safety while climbing, facilitation of climbing activities, and combining scientific research with climbing. This course is the equivalent of the Basic Canopy Climbing Course, the Canopy Access Technicians Course, and the Facilitators Course, all done back-to-back over the length of the session. Certification confirming participation in the course will be awarded to those completing the course satisfactorily.  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 in other courses, climbers will be responsible for designing and completing an original in-canopy research project of their choosing.  These projects will be carried out during the second half of the course and students will have about 10 days for data collection.  A few days before the end of the course students will analyze their data, write a technical report, prepare a presentation of their work and orally present their findings at a station-wide symposium on the last day of the course. 

COURSE LENGTH: ITEC Winter field courses are three weeks in length. The CAT W-19 will run from January 4 through January 24, 2019.

TUITION: $1500 USD.  Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals, use of all facilities, local transportation and airport transfers in Bocas del Toro.  

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 10, 2018.  The course is limited to 10 students and applications will be evaluated as they arrive.  If you believe that your application 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:itec@itec-edu.org, web: http://www.itec-edu.org/  ITEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1996.

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