Costa Rica

Tropical Ecology& Biodiversity 

in Costa Rica December 27 - January 6 

General Information:
Tropical Ecology & Biodiversity in Costa Rica (3-credit hours)

BIOL 122-3 - non-science majors
BIOL 255 - science majors

Xavier University is proud to offer a 2-week course in Costa Rica.  This intensive field course will give you hands-on experience in tropical ecosystems and will teach you the fundamentals of tropical biology and conservation.

The course  is conducted on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, home to Corcovado National Park one of the largest virgin Pacific rainforests in Central America.  We will visit an array of species diverse ecosystems including tropical rainforest, marine habitats, as well as coffee and other agricultural ecosystems.   Each day will include active exploration of the region's wilderness followed by interactive evening seminars to discuss the days events as well as lectures covering various aspects of tropical ecology, natural history and conservation.

Accommodations will include beach-front tent cabinas in a rustic seaside research and education center located on the Osa Peninsula near the small village of Puerto Jimenez.  The second location is at the Bijagual research stations located in the dense rainforests of Sarapiqui. In both locations Monkeys visit daily and an occasional encounter with a curious iguana is not uncommon!

How much does it cost?
ost of the course is is approximately $3545 (exact price will depend on airfare), and includes all within-country transportation, room and board, 3 biology credit hours (can be used towards the core-science requirement for non-majors) and roundtrip airfare. It does not include incidental expenses.

When is the application due?
Currently there is no specific deadline but if you are interested in coming on the 2012/13 trip you should get us an application ASAP as we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Enrollment is limited to 16 participants.

For more information contact the instructors:

Dr. Blair - 745-4898

Dr. Farnsworth - 745-2062

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(2008 & 2009)