Enhance your scientific toolkit
Enhance your scientific toolkit
OTS is the premier organization for education and training in tropical ecology, and a pioneer of hands-on, experiential learning. Duke University in collaboration with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) offers semester and summer programs in field ecology, environmental science and global health for undergraduates. All OTS courses take you out of the classroom and put you into the field or community so that you learn-by-doing while working closely with your highly qualified academic faculty and local experts. In all OTS programs students meet researchers, conservationists and other local stakeholders, and develop skills that help them to explore the world around them, grow as people and pursue careers in tropical ecology, human disease dynamics, resource management, global health or other fields.
Students past and present frequently comment on the variety of ways that their OTS course has shaped them both personally and professionally – often in surprising ways. In addition to learning a great deal about their academic topics, students explore and gain confidence in their own abilities. OTS counts several Fulbright and Watson fellows among its Undergraduate Programs alumni. Many former OTS students are now in graduate school pursuing degrees in ecology and policy, and others have continued on paths to medical school or graduate studies in other fields. Whatever your final professional destination, your OTS program is bound to have a lasting impact on the way you see the interplay between ecology, conservation, health and culture in the developing world.
Programs are collaboratively offered by Duke University and OTS.
The Duke role in the Program is to enroll students, collect tuition and fees, and award credit for successful completion of the Program. The OTS role in the Program is to operate the Program, in its entirety, including preparing the students for travel to Costa Rica or South Africa and on the ground in Costa Rica or South Africa.
Duke University offers four programs in collaboration with OTS. Duke awards credit for the successful completion of these programs, and OTS reviews student applications for admission, prepares students for travel, and operates the programs in country. In cooperation with Duke, OTS has been able to apply its long history of excellence in graduate education to created truly exciting and rigorous programs for undergraduate students interested in biology, global health, and field ecology and conservation.
The faculty for our programs are experienced ecologists or physicians with decades of experience in field teaching. As a student in our programs, you will learn, eat, work, laugh, and travel together and get to know each one of them very well. Students generally stay in contact with their OTS professors for years after the program.
J. Mauricio García-C, M.Sc., firstname.lastname@example.org
M.Sc.Biology. Universidad de Costa Rica
Mr. García studies plant-animal interactions between weevils and palms. He has also worked on insect behavior, forest seed dynamics in the cloud forest and pest management in sugar cane plantations.
Erika Deinert, Ph.D., email@example.com
Ph.D. Population Biology. University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Deinert studies sexual selection and population ecology in a tropical butterfly, Heliconius Hewitsoni. She has also studied the behavioral ecology of wild turkeys and poison- dart frogs. In addition, she has worked on evaluating butterfly farming as a cottage industry.
Laurence Möhr Kruger, Ph.D
Dr Mduduzi Ndlovu
Dr Kristi Maciejewski
Jessica Arias, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Development, Universidad de Costa Rica
M.S. Arias has a Master Degree in Sustainable Development with Emphasis on Natural Resources Conservation. Her future projects are all related with the conservation, study and learning from nature and the environment.
Amber Abrams, M.Phil.
James van Hasselt, M.D