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Winter Field Courses Announced

Vertebrate Field Biology


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Dates: Dec. 27, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017

Location: Los Amigos Biological Station, Southeastern Peru

Registration: Until Nov. 18, 2016

Course fee: $2000

Course Description: During the first days at the field site course participants learn about safety, research ethics, and how to collect and manipulate spatial data while navigating one of the most diverse tropical rainforests on the planet. The next 8 days consist of participants completing 2 of 3 specialized modules in herpetology, ornithology, or primatology taught by experts in each discipline. Modules include evening lectures and discussions of scientific articles, as well as daily activities that explore natural history, research methodologies, and ongoing conservation issues. During the last third of the course, participants learn tree climbing to access higher strata of forest and partake in excursions to a palm swamp, oxbow lake, mammal clay lick, and canopy tower. Grades and certificates of completion are based on participation, assignments, and short exams.


Tropical Entomology

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Dates: Dec. 27, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017

Location: Los Amigos Biological Station, Southeastern Peru

Registration: Until Nov. 18, 2016

Course fee: $2000

Course Description: Participants will receive advanced training in insect diversity, form, and function, as well as field techniques that facilitate entomological research and conservation in the tropics, covering groups ranging from butterflies to beetles, bees, and aquatic insects, among others. Students will be introduced to an astonishing array of terrestrial and aquatic habitats that shelter a greater diversity of plant and animal species than anywhere else on the planet. Above all, participants learn by doing: we will spend most of our time studying actual insects in the field, from the tops of towering tropical trees to the bottom of oxbow lakes. Our field activities will be supplemented by selected readings from the primary literature covering topics on theoretical and applied tropical biology and entomology, as well as conservation in the Andes and Amazon regions.


 

Primates & Predators

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Dates: Dec. 28, 2016 – Jan 10, 2017

Location: Fringe Ford, South India

Registration: Until Nov. 18, 2016

Course fee: $2250

Course Description: This is a course in tropical biology with a focus on primate and carnivore interactions, conservation, and research in the hyper diverse Western Ghats of India. Hands-on learning takes places during the day through guided wildlife research activities, which are supplemented with brief lectures and discussions of scientific literature in the evenings. Participants will also receive introductory training in herpetology, ornithology, entomology, and botany. Skills they will gain include scat and hair snare monitoring, tree climbing, radio telemetry, camera trapping, plant identification, primate tracking, and behavioral sampling techniques. Participants additionally experience Indian culture through travel, zoo, national park, and bird sanctuary visits, and of course, taste the many flavors of Indian cuisine throughout the course.

 

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