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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 2016 03/11/16 to 03/20/16
Past Dates
Spring Break 2015 03/14/15 to 03/22/15

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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

This course offers students the opportunity to conduct field studies in tropical rainforest and coral reef ecosystems of Costa Rica. Students will stay at La Selva Biological Station and La Tirimbina Bioreserve, both located in the central lowland province. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the field sampling, including sampling rainforest and human-altered streams for fish and other aquatic organisms, measuring habitat characteristics. This course will emphasize the proper care and use of field sampling gears; identification of fish and invertebrates collected and observed in rainforest stream, human-altered stream, and Caribbean coral reef habitat; and handling and reporting on data collected from field surveys. Students will work in teams and each team will be required to give a written report and oral presentation of their work.

Instructor approval is required for the course.

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

Program Website: Ag Study Abroad

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