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Tropical Biology Practicum

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica
Course # SA 21253
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2017 03/10/17 to 03/19/17
Past Dates
Spring Break 2016 03/11/16 to 03/20/16

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Program Leader
Purdue University
Room 26 Agriculture Administration Building
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1168

Phone: 765-494-6876
Fax: 765-494-9613

Program Description

Tropical Biology Practicum study abroad offers students with the opportunity to learn about multiple elements of tropical biology, field sampling techniques, conservation, sustainability, and Costa Rican culture. Students will conduct field studies in lowland tropical rainforest (Caribbean slope) and rock reef and mangrove ecosystems (Pacific coast) of Costa Rica during spring break. Students will prepare for an in country experience through regularly scheduled lectures once a week prior to departure for Costa Rica. Students will travel to Costa Rica where they will stay at multiple locations, including La Tirimbina Biological Reserve, Selva Verde Ecolodge, La Fortuna/Volcán Arenal, and Curú National Wildlife Refuge. Students will be familiarized with local ecosystems and fauna, including field sampling/observation to collect data on specific faunal groups (e.g., stream fish, mangrove fish, rock reef fish, bats, birds, reptiles, and amphibians) Students will expected to participate in all aspects of the field sampling and natural history tours. A course fee to cover travel costs as described below will be required for all students in the class. Students will also be required to attend weekly lectures for the remainder of the semester after returning from Costa Rica. These lecture periods will be used to facilitate students’ handling of data collected during the trip as well as preparation and presentation of information during a course symposium. Enrollment is limited to 16 total students. Each student will be required to pay the course fee in addition to any University course credit fees required for enrollment in the course. This additional course fee will cover expenses to be incurred as part of the trip to Costa Rica over spring break.

Instructor approval is required for the course.

For more information contact:
Dr. Reuben Goforth, FNR,

Program Website: Ag Study Abroad

Academic Credit

1 credit of FNR 49800.


Students must remain in good academic standing with the college.

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