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Biodiversity and Conservation in the Tropics

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Multiple Locations, Costa Rica
Course # SA 21231
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2016 05/16/16 to 05/31/16

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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

Students will conduct field studies in lowland rainforest and cloud forests ecosystems, gaining valuable field experience and a firsthand knowledge of the rich flora and fauna of this remarkable Central American country. Students will stay at two institutions leading the way in modern conservation practices. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of field sampling, including collection, preparation, and documentation of specimens. Required field activities will be physically demanding, often in wet and muddy condition, and include both day and night hikes in the forest. Students will be required to keep a detailed research journal, work in teams, and give an oral presentation of their work. There will be a class before and after the Costa Rice course.


For more information, contact Dr. Jenifer Zaspel, ENTM, OR Dr. Eugenio Nearns, ENTM, 

Academic Credit

3 credits in ENTM 29500.


Must remain in good academic standing with the college.

Program Cost

Approximately $2,500 plus $304.70 study abroad fee and airfare.

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