Trop Talks: Webinar Series
African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa
How do conservation managers maintain the integrity of the expansive ecosystems required to support the world’s largest mammals? How will the African savanna ecosystem change if rhinos become extinct? What landscape-level management strategies are effective in maintaining the African savanna ecosystem?
Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet in Costa Rica
How do humans impact the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem functions? How is climate change impacting conservation strategies in Costa Rica and Panama? What impacts do habitat fragmentation and watershed management have on conservation in Costa Rica? Hear how you address these questions while utilizing OTS’ network of famous research stations in your semester abroad!
Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change & Human Health in Costa Rica
What is causing the rapid spread of once rare tropical diseases (e.g., Zika, Chikungunya, and Ebola) to many places around the world? Does climate change and the rapid development of tropical ecosystems enhance the ability of animal disease vectors to host and transmit disease? How can biodiversity conservation affect our ability to manage the spread of illnesses?
Global Health Issues in South Africa - Summer
How is access to health care services a human rights issue? How can traditional healing practices coexist with modern medicine? What is the impact of historic, economic, and political legacies on the burden of disease and health care disparities?
Tropical Biology in Costa Rica – Summer
How can we create effective plans to restore fragmented and degraded ecosystems? What are the bed mechanisms for measuring ecosystem health? How do we measure and mitigate human impacts on conservation areas?
Tropical Island Ecology & Evolution in Hawai’i – Summer
Hear about this exciting new collaborative summer program offered through the University of Hawai'i at Hilo that will allow students to carry out individual research studies in a variety of natural areas on Hawai'i Island. Join faculty member Dr. Kristina Paxton as she gives insight on this brand new program located in one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. At the conclusion of this short talk, prospective students are encouraged to ask questions.