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Programs Offered


Nothing can replace the hands-on experience of a field-based course in the tropics!

“Generation of science” is the product of our graduate field courses, where doing research in premier biological stations in the tropics provides students with the perfect scenario to test their theoretical knowledge. New species, new methods, new processes and more data, results in scientific articles that promote biodiversity conservation as well as the future of your career.

Our graduate field program consists of two kinds of courses:

Graduate Field Courses concentrate on the use of a “field problems” approach focusing on the formulation of research questions, experimental design, sampling, and data analysis in an intense fieldwork experience which is paramount in any biologist´s career.

Short Field Courses offer advanced graduate students and early career professionals the opportunity to delve deeper into a specific topic of interest. Short Field course topics vary each year. The topics range from ecology such as microbial ecology of amphibian decline, conservation genetics; taxonomy such as tropical ferns and lycophytes, ecology and evolution of arachnids, to social impact topics such as payment of ecosystem services.

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Field Ecology: Skills for Science and Beyond

Field Ecology: Skills for Science and Beyond is an intensive, four-week course in tropical ecology that will challenge you in every way. At its heart lie the highly regarded OTS “field problems”, which engage students in the fast-paced formulation of research questions, experimental design, data collection, analysis, oral presentations, and written papers. Students will take away advanced skills in research design, data analysis, writing, science communication, modeling, and collaborative research.

Program Details

Where: OTS Stations in Costa Rica (La Selva, Las Cruces, & Palo Verde) and Cuerici

When:Dec 29, 2016 – Jan 24, 2017

Duration: 4 weeks

Accreditation: 4 credits

Deadline: Oct 10, 2016

Language: English

Ecología Tropical y Conservación

Este curso, dictado en español, ofrece un riguroso entrenamiento en métodos de investigación de la ecología tropical e incluye una unidad de campo en biología de la conservación. Está dirigido principalmente a estudiantes y profesionales latinoamericanos, independientemente de su afiliación institucional; también se aceptan solicitudes de estudiantes con dominio del español de cualquier nacionalidad e institución. Becas parciales disponibles.

Detalles del Programa

Dónde: Estaciones OET (La Selva, Las Cruces, Las Alturas, Palo Verde) y Monteverde

Cuándo: Ene 9 – Feb 20, 2017

Duración: 6 semanas

Acreditación: 7 créditos

Idioma: Español

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30 de junio del 2016

Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach

Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach

Tropical Biology: and Ecological Approach is an intensive, field-based experience in tropical biology for graduate students. Since the 1960s, this classic OTS course has trained ecologists and evolutionary biologists using an active learning approach, which engages students in a fun and fast-paced research environment. With guidance from expert scientists, students will gain experience in critical thinking, research design, data analysis, science communication, ecological modeling, and collaborative research. We guarantee you will come away from the course with new skills and ideas to carry into your future research

Program Details

Where: OTS Stations in Costa Rica (La Selva, Las Cruces, Palo Verde), plus Cuerici, Monteverde and CIRENAS

When:May 22 – Jul 2, 2017

Duration: 6 weeks

Accreditation: 6 credits

Language: English

Deadline: Feb 20, 2017; after this date enrollment on a rolling basis

Tropical Plant Systematics

Offered in even–numbered years, this course emphasizes a strong conceptual foundation in phylogenetic systematics in an intensive field setting. The course travels to diverse habitats around Costa Rica, from cloud forest and paramo to tropical dry forest and Atlantic lowland rain forest.

Program Details

Where: OTS Stations in Costa Rica, La Selva, Las Cruces, Palo Verde. Cuerici, San Jose Herbaria.

When: Jun 9 – Jul 21, 2016

Duration: 5 weeks

Accreditation: 6 credits

Language: English

Deadline: March 1, 2016; after this date enrollment on a rolling basis

Sistemática de Plantas Tropicales

El curso hace énfasis en la sistemática filogenética conceptual en un entorno intensivo a través de trabajo en el campo. El curso viaja a diversos sitios en Costa Rica con el objetivo de visitar diferentes hábitats, del bosque nuboso, al paramo, al bosque seco estacional, hasta el bosque tropical húmedo bajo del Atlántico.

La OET tiene posibilidades de otorgar becas parciales. Estas becas son exclusivamente para estudiantes de Latinoamérica y el Caribe, y estudiantes de cualquiera de las instituciones miembro de la OET.

 

Detalles del Programa

Dónde: Estaciones OET La Selva en Costa Rica, Las Cruces, Palo Verde, Cuerici, Herbarios

Cuándo: Jun 27 – Jul 29, 2017

Duración: 5 semanas

Acreditación: 6 créditos

Idioma: Español

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de inscripción:
Nov 15, 2016

Agricultura Sostenible en Cuba - Curso Corto

Agricultura Sostenible en Cuba

La agricultura enfrenta el reto de alimentar y proveer recursos para una población que crece rápidamente, mientras el cambio climático amenaza los rendimientos y se vuelve imperativo evitar la degradación de los recursos naturales comúnmente asociados a la agricultura moderna.

Luego del colapso de la Unión Soviética, Cuba se vio forzada a restructurar su producción y a desarrollar novedosas tecnologías e insumos para la producción agrícola sostenible. Este curso ofrece la oportunidad de conocer el modelo de producción cubano, incluyendo aspectos socio-económicos y ambientales, así como el desarrollo y adopción de insumos alternativos.

Detalles del Programa

Dónde: Estación Experimental Indio Hatuey; Universidad de Matanzas, Cuba

Cuándo:May 13 – 27, 2017

Duración: 2 semanas

Idioma: Bilingüe Español - Inglés

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Agricultura Sostenible en Cuba - Curso Corto

Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba

Agriculture faces the unprecedented challenge of feeding a rapidly increasing world population, while global warming cuts yields, and it is imperative to avoid the damage to the natural resource base commonly linked to modern agriculture.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba was forced to re-shape its production strategies and develop alternative cutting-edge agricultural technologies. This course offers an exciting opportunity to understand a production model that has made great strides while facing serious challenges. It will focus on social and environmental aspects, as well as the development and adoption of alternative inputs.

Program Details

Where: Estación Experimental Indio Hatuey; Universidad de Matanzas, Cuba

When:May 13 – 27, 2017

Duration: 2 weeks

Language: Bilingual Spanish - English

Deadline: Open

Biology of Neotropical Social Insects

This two-week course will be based at Las Cruces and La Selva, with short stops at to other sites in different life zones. It is directed toward graduate students at all levels interested in social insect behavior, evolution and ecology. Social insects are major ecological players in terrestrial ecosystems, functioning as detritovores, herbivores, predators, pollinators, and ecosystem engineers.

Program Details

Where: La Selva OTS Station

When:Mar 12 – Mar 24, 2017

Duration: 2 weeks

Accreditation:2 credits

Language: English

Deadline: November 15, 2016; after this date enrollment on a rolling basis

Tropical Conservation & Sustainable Development: Law, Policy & Professional Practice

This 4 week course is oriented towards law and graduate students with an interest tropical conservation and sustainable development. The course will visit OTS Research Stations and other field sites in Costa Rica. The course will focus on integrating law, development and conservation science, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary communication, and practitioner training.

Program Details

Where: OTS Stations (La Selva, Las Alturas, Las Cruces), and other sites

When: May 22 - Jun 20, 2017

Duration: 4 weeks

Accreditation:5 credits (University of Florida)

Language: English

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Tropical Butterfly Ecology

Tropical Butterfly Ecology is an intensive, two-week field course welcoming graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and instructors interested in conducting field work on tropical butterflies and looking to expand their knowledge on butterfly ecology and evolution.

Program Details

Where: Las Cruces, Las Alturas and La Selva OTS Stations

When:May 28 – Jun 10, 2017

Duration: 2 weeks

Accreditation:2 credits

Language: English

Deadline: March 1, 2017; after this date enrollment on a rolling basis

Ecology and Evolution of Coleoptera (Beetles)

This three week course is oriented towards graduate students interested in intense training in the collection, identification and inquiry-based research on the largest order of insects, Coleoptera. Single site diversity in tropical rain forests, such as those in Costa Rica, has been estimated to be as high as 14,000 species. The study of beetles (including some of the largest and most beautiful of all insects) is not only fascinating, but economically important because the order includes numerous harmful as well as beneficial species that affect agriculture, forestry and man.

Program Details

Where: La Selva OTS Station

When:Jun 5 – Jun 24, 2017

Duration:3 weeks

Accreditation:2 credits

Language: English

Deadline: March 1, 2017; after this date enrollment on a rolling basis

Inquiry in Rainforests: an in-service program for teachers

Inquiry in Rainforests: an in-service program for teachers

Inquiry in Rainforests is an in-service program for teachers that aims to improve K-12 science teaching by helping teachers DO science – by conducting open-ended, inquiry-based research. Inquiry in Rainforest focuses on discussions of tropical ecosystems and conservation, research focused on organisms and ecological concepts, and development of teaching and assessment plans for use in home institutions. Teachers also receive training in filming and producing videos for use in teaching

Program Details

Where: OTS Station La Selva, and Soltis Center (University of Georgia Station)

When: Jul 7 - 20, 2017

Duration: 2 weeks

Accreditation: 2 credits or 96 contact hours PD/CE credit

Language: English

Deadline: April 1, 2017