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Central America - Costa Rica - Tree Field Studies (Tropical Research in Ecology and Ethology): Field School teaching ecology, conservation & behavior in the Tropics - 2014

Central America - Costa Rica - Tree Field Studies (Tropical Research in Ecology and Ethology): Field School teaching ecology, conservation & behavior in the Tropics - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
2014-03-15
Start Date 2014-05-06
End Date 2014-08-12

Multiple Sessions x
Multiple Session information

PRIMATE BEHAVIOR & ECOLOGY (June 17 - July 17, 2014)

TROPICAL ENTOMOLOGY (Dates: to be announced soon!)

TROPICAL HERPETOLOGY (July 22 August 12)

TROPICAL ECOLOGY (May 6 June 4)


Archaeology Field School Location

Tree Field Studies C/O Dr. Lorna Joachim
P.o.Box 1252
Corrales, NM, 87048

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Tree Field Studies is not associated with any one university or college.


Academic Credit

Between 3 and 6. Credit hours are either arranged through the student's own university or college, or can come from The University of New Mexico in the case of courses taught by Dr. Joachim.


Archaeology Field School Tuition

From $2200 - $2895. Differences in cost reflect course length.


Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Included


Archaeology Field School Travel
all in country costs are included
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Tuition covers all costs associated with in country instruction, travel, room & board, and field trips.

Tuition does not cover travel costs to and from Costa Rica from the students home location.

Archaeology Field School Description


Tree Field Studies is a small organization dedicated to the education of students in tropical ecology, conservation and animal behavior. For the summer of 2014 we are offering courses in Costa Rica.

Our summer 2014 list of courses is as follows:

Primate Behavior & Ecology: team taught by...
Dr. Lorna Joachim (Instructor at University of new Mexico, Department of Psychology), and

Dr. Grainne McCabe (Co-Director, Moka Wildlife Research Centre at Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, Equatorial Guinea)

Tropical Herpetology: taught by Dr. Tom LaDuke (Department of Biological Sciences: East Stroudsburg University

Tropical Entomology: taught by Dr. Erica McAlister (Collections Manager, Life Sciences Department Terrestrial Invertebrates Division, Natural History Museum, London)

Tropical Ecology: taught by Dr. Brian Moskalik. (Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Saint Francis, IL)

Over the years Tree Field Studies has taught classes in Costa Rica, Panama and Tanzania. Our students have seen what few people ever get to see: wild undisturbed rainforest. They have observed macaws at close range, collected Jaguar scat for Panthera, tracked monkeys, identified poison-dart frogs and caught glimpses of Tapirs.

The Tree Field Studies team have a strong commitment to the local community; manifesting it each year by facilitating community development projects, educational support for local students and aid to local and international researchers.

In addition to providing excellent training for future scientists in the areas of ecology, conservation and animal behavior, Tree faculty and staff enable students to visit areas within country for both educational and recreational purposes. Students have visited volcanoes, cloud forests, coral reefs, and beaches. They have relaxed in hot springs, swum in water-filled extinct calderas, and sped through the forest zip lining.

Please feel free to contact one or all of us if you are interested in attending one of our courses. Or if you are ready to apply go ahead and fill out the application that can be found on this website and email it back to us.

Dr. Lorna Joachim: lfjoachim@comcast.net

Mr. Israel Mesen Rubi: isrmesen@gmail.com

Dr. Grainne McCabe: grainnemichellemccabe@gmail.com

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Anthropology, bio anthropology, biology, psychology


Time Period

Variable: from 1 week to 1 month in duration


Field School Setting/Conditions

The El Zota Biological Station is a tropical wet forest site comprised of 2400 acres of primary, secondary and regenerating forest. The station is home to a diverse number of species native to the country. In addition, it seasonally hosts hundreds of migratory birds from all over the world. The station is located in Northeastern Costa Rica (10 33' 26.21", -83 44' 10.61") and is quite close to Tortuguero National Park and the Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge. El Zota is truly a wonderful place to learn about tropical flora and fauna. It is not unusual for everyone to see small cats like jaguarondis, or have a tapir run across the road in front of them. Great Green Macaws usually show up for a week or two in the summer - this is a treat as there are only a couple hundred nesting pairs left in the whole country. El Zota has its share of herpetofauna as well; students commonly see two of the three species of poison dart frog on each excursion into the forest. But El Zota is not just a forest; the camp is very nice with dormitory style or single rooms. Each dorm has its own bathroom and toilet area. The single rooms share facilities just down the hall. So, there is no wandering around at night looking for a bathroom here! El Zota also has a dining hall, lecture hall, laboratory, and a little store. The pulperia (store) sells basic toiletries, and snacks. There is a wonderful covered dance floor where Israel teaches students the basic steps necessary for salsa and meringue. In addition, we recently got a pool table from the owner Hiner Ramirez; making for lots of late night fun.

Excursions to Tortuguero Costa Rica involve study and fun. This is the Caribbean coast so the flora and fauna of the area encompasses beach, ocean, mangroves, lowland forest, and pasture. Tortuguero National Park just adjacent to Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge is the largest sea turtle nesting site on the Atlantic Coast of Costa Rica. Tree arranges for accomodations in Cana Palma a lovely area right nearby. We rent a house or stay in a small hotel - right on the beach - it's not all work when we are here! There are lots of fun-in-the-sun activities planned from zip-lining, to sea turtle observation. In addition, everyone loves early AM boat tours of the amazing canal system here. And as for work... students in the primate class census monkeys from kayaks - this is super unusual and fun to boot!

Since 2006 this field site has served students and researchers alike. Particularly those interested in studying nonhuman primates. Dr. McCabe has done extensive work at this site watching the Sanje Mangabey monkeys. For more information about this site please contact Dr. McCabe


Bocas Del Toro in is an amazing archipelago located in Panama. These islands are located off of the Northwest coast of Panama. Each island is its own unique habitat; making the study of evolutionary questions ideal. Tree Field Studies took one of their Primate Behavior and Ecology courses there one summer. The area is spectacular; combining rainforest with island habitat. A growing tourist trade make the islands easily accessible; and at the same time fragile. While the future of these pristine areas are in question Tree Field Studies believes that study here particularly in terms of conservation will be vital. Tree Field Studies has worked with The Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC) in order to bring its students to Panama. ITEC recently built a brand new field station on Bocas del Toro and Tree Field Studies looks forward to bringing students to this site again. For more information about this site please contact Israel Mesen Rubi.


How is the project area accessed each day

Car, bus and or boat.


What is the daily schedule for the field school

The work week is up to the professor teaching the course. Usually, we reserve Saturdays as a day off.


Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
6 years
Is there a professional certification for this field school

n/a


Directors and Instructors

DIRECTORS:

Dr. Lorna Joachim (Instructor at University of New Mexico, Department of Psychology).

Dr. Grainne McCabe (Co-Director, Moka Wildlife Research Centre at Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, Equatorial Guinea).

Mr. Israel Mesen Rubi: Director of education and community outreach.

FACULTY:

Dr. Lorna Joachim (Instructor at University of New Mexico, Department of Psychology).

Dr. Grainne McCabe (Co-Director, Moka Wildlife Research Centre at Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, Equatorial Guinea).

Dr. Tom LaDuke (Department of Biological Sciences: East Stroudsburg University

Dr. Erica McAlister (Collections Manager, Life Sciences Department Terrestrial Invertebrates Division, Natural History Museum, London)

Dr. Brian Moskalik. (Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Saint Francis, IL).

Dr. Terry Master (Department of Biological Sciences East Stroudsburg University).

Mr. Eric Hileman (Department of Biology Northern Illinois University)


FIELD COORDINATOR & PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR: Mr. Israel Mesen Rubi.


Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Ecological Methods: specialized for the tropics,

Conservation issues and practices,

Species identification,

Animal tracking,

Behavioral observation,

Remote sensing,

Presentation skills for research papers, and talks,


On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes


Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes.

Field trips include: visits to cloud forests, volcanoes, beaches, caves, zip lining, swimming, snorkeling, museums, plantations, conservation sites (turtles, birds, primates).

Parties and BBQ's are arranged for celebrations of country independence days, birthdays. Nightly games of pool, cards or board games are common.


Will there be additional organized activities?

Lecture frequency is left up to the Professor running the course. Lectures could be during the day or at night.

Students can expect 1 day off per week.


Is travel restriced during free time?

Free time is not restricted: provided it does not interfere with field, lab or lecture times.

Individual travel is restricted as most sites are in remote locations. However, visits to local towns, restaurants, etc. can be done; providing that these visits do not interfere with field, lab, or lecture times.



Other resources students will find useful

http://treefieldstudies.wix.com/treefieldstudies

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website: http://treefieldstudies.wix.com/treefieldstudies

Field School Contact Information



Dr. Lorna Joachim
Adjunct Professor of Research in Psychology, University of New Mexico, 87048
505-710-4007



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