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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

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 28, 2017 – Jan 23, 2018

Duration: 4 weeks

Accreditation: 4 credits

Deadline: Nov 10, 2017 (Rolling admisión)

Language: English

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 28 – Jul 8, 2018

Duration: 6 weeks

Accreditation: 6 credits

Language: English

Deadline: Feb 3, 2018; after this date enrollment on a rolling basis

Tropical Plant Systematics

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 6 – Jul 9, 2018

Duration: 5 weeks

Accreditation: 6 credits

Language: English

Deadline: February 3, 2018; after this date enrollment on a rolling basis

Ecología Tropical y Conservación

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 8 – Feb 19, 2019

Duración: 6 semanas

Acreditación: 7 créditos

Idioma: Español

Fecha límite
de inscripción:
15 de junio del 2018

Multimedia Science Storytelling

Multimedia Science Storytelling

We believe in bringing the beautiful stories behind science/scientists to the world! Effective science communication achieves the goal of knowledge transfer. But great science communication captures the imagination and inspires. Great science communication takes advantage of one of the oldest human traditions - storytelling!

Program Details

Where: OTS Stations in Costa Rica, La Selva, Las Cruces.

When:Jan 9 – Jan 20, 2018

Duration:2 weeks

Accreditation:2 credits

Language: English

Deadline: Oct 27, 2017

Conservación del Paisaje Tropical

Conservación del Paisaje Tropical

En este curso intensivo y práctico, los estudiantes adquirirán conocimientos sobre factores antropológicos y naturales, que interactúan para producir, restaurar y conservar paisajes. Los estudiantes aplicarán esos conceptos en problemáticas de conservación reales, como la recuperación de humedales y áreas agroforestales no utilizadas, vinculándolas con áreas urbanas. En este proceso, interactuamos con las comunidades locales, científicos, oficiales de conservación, políticos y ONG.

Detalles del programa


Dónde: Estación de Investigación La Selva.

Cuándo:Enero 15 – 31, 2018

Duración:3 semanas

Créditos:2 créditos de la Universidad de Costa Rica

Fecha límite
de admisión:
10 de noviembre 2017.

Idioma: Español

Agricultura Sostenible en Cuba - Curso Corto

Agricultura Sostenible en Cuba

La agricultura enfrenta el reto, sin precedentes, 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 en 1989, Cuba enfrentó una extrema escasez de insumos agrícolas y energía para la agricultura que la obligó a re-definir su modelo de producción, incluyendo el desarrollo de un extenso programa de agricultura urbana, y a desarrollar tecnologías e insumos innovadores. 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 estas tecnologías.

Este curso se ofrece a estudiantes graduados, y avanzados de pregrado, latinoamericanos y estadounidenses. El conocimiento básico del inglés es deseable, aunque no indispensable.

Se impartirá usando el famoso modelo de OET que consiste en el aprendizaje práctico, con un énfasis fuerte en investigación.

Detalles del Programa

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

Cuándo:Del 13 al 24 de mayo, 2018 (incluye los días de viaje)

Costo:$2,800 Instituciones miembro OET
$3,400 Instituciones no miembro OET
Consulte sobre disponibilidad de becas parciales

Duración: 2 semanas

Idioma: Bilingüe Español - Inglés

Fecha límite
de inscripción:
Abril 13,2018

Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba

Sustainable Agriculture in Cuba

 
A people to people program.

This short course, emphasizing people - to - people contact, offers an exciting opportunity to understand a production model that has made great strides and at the same time faces serious challenges. It focuses on productivity, agricultural inputs, environmental protection, extension, social organization, and marketing.

Offered to graduate and advanced undergraduate students from the USA. Faculty are from the US, Cuba, and Costa Rica.

Program Details

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

When: May 13-24, 2018 (includes travel days)

Cost:$2,800 OTS member institutions
$3,400 non-OTS member institution

Duration:1 weeks

Language: English

Deadline:April 13, 2018

 

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Tropical Conservation & Sustainable Development

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 20 - Jun 19, 2018

Duration: 4 weeks

Accreditation:5 credits (University of Florida)

Language: English

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Tropical Butterfly Ecology

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:Jul 09 - Jul 22 2018

Duration: 2 weeks

Accreditation:2 credits

Language: English

Deadline: March 17, 2018; 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, 2018

Duration: 2 weeks

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

Language: English

Deadline: April 1, 2018