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Field Studies in Costa Rica


INFO SESSION: Tuesday, March 11 at 3:00 pm in 207 Bradley Hall

SUMMER 2014 • UK SPONSORED EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAM • DATES: July 30 - August 14 

Through this program participants will take a hands-on, field-oriented approach to studying the wildlife, water, plants and varied ecosystems of Costa Rica. The course is led by two faculty members involved in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science major with expertise in wildlife and botany. The program will take place in multiple cities in Costa Rica and students will be working in a variety of environments including forests, agriculture, marine, and urban cities. Emphasis will be placed on methodologies for field data collection necessary to evaluate a variety of natural resources in the location. Throughout the course, students will draw conclusions and make recommendations based on an interdisciplinary understanding of natural and human systems.

  • Visit a variety of ecosystems including cloud forest, wet and dry tropical forests, Pacific Coast forest, elfin forest and riparian forest as well as a mangrove swamp and an active volcano. 
  • Research and report on a specific aspect of Costa Rica such as cloud forest, ecotourism, corridor systems, sea turtles 
  • Activities include: patrolling the coast for sea turtle births, visiting a sustainable coffee farm, boat tour, naturalist guided hikes, night hikes with a herpetologist, swimming in a picturesque waterfall, visits to two large volcanoes, and more! 
  • Studying at six unique locations across the country, including the famous Monteverde Biological Research Station and La Selva Biological Research Station. 
 

ELIGIBILITY 

Open to undergraduate and graduate students from ALL academic disciplines.

 

ACADEMIC CREDIT 

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty. UK credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings. Students will earn: 

NRE 320 (3 hours) (Undergraduate) 

(Other credit may be possible) 

ISP 599 (1 hour) 

Graduate Students may consult with faculty directors or NRES Academic Coordinator, Geri Philpott, to determine alternate course credit.

 

PROGRAM COORDINATOR 
Contact the program coordinator to learn more about this faculty-led program.  
Geri Philpott, NRES Academic Coordinator, geri.philpott@uky.edu