New Summer 2016 Field Courses
We are very excited to announce two new field courses for Summer 2016:
Learn Tropical Biology and Primatology in the
Session 1: May 20 – June 10, 2016
Session 2: August 1 – 14, 2016
There are many ways to visit the Amazon as a tourist, but our field courses offer a unique way to experience one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots. Our ultimate goal is to aid the cause of conservation by exposing students to this extraordinary part of the world through the lens of science. Course modules ranging from ornithology to botany are supplemented by also teaching the hands-on field methods used to collect and analyze data. These exercises include using radio telemetry, logging behavioral observations, recording and manipulating spatial data with a GPS, and even tree-climbing using mechanical ascenders.
The rigorous course curriculum that we’ve developed serves to deepen appreciation for this special habitat as we immerse ourselves in study at a field site which has logged nearly 600 species of birds, 11 primate species, 6 felid species, a staggering diversity of herpetofauna, and several lifetimes worth of invertebrates to explore. Our training also emphasizes safety and ethics concerning living and working in the rainforest, and we pay particular attention to the complex challenges facing conservation efforts in the Amazon. Whether you aim for a career in biology or anthropology, or simply want to push yourself into new frontiers physically and academically, this course is the one for you.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Enrollment ends for Session 1 (May course) on April 17, 2016. Enrollment for Session 2 (August course) ends June 1, 2016. Space is limited, so register early to hold your spot!
ELIGIBILITY: You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the course. You do not need any training in biology or primatology: our course is structured to accommodate people from a variety of backgrounds.
CREDIT AVAILABLE: Both sessions of the course are being offered for credit through Washington University in Saint Louis, cross-registered in the biology and anthropology departments.
SCHOLARSHIPS: We have 3 scholarships available for each course. The application period is from February 1st until March 21st. Winners will be announced on April 5th, with plenty of time to register as a normal paying student if you are not selected.