Trop Talks: Webinar Series

Trop Talks: Webinar Series

Semester Programs

African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa

African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa

When: 9/14/2017 @ 6:00 PM EST
Duration: 15-20 minutes
Presenter: Laurence Kruger, Ph.D. – Faculty
Questions: brooks.bonner@tropicalstudies.org

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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

Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet

When: 9/21/2017 @ 6:30 PM EST
Duration: 15-20 minutes
Presenter: J. Mauricio García-C, M.Sc. – Faculty
Questions: brooks.bonner@tropicalstudies.org

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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

Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change & Human Health

When: 10/12/2017 @ 6:30 PM EST
Duration: 15-20 minutes
Presenter: Jessica Arias, M.Sc. - Academic Coord.
Questions: brooks.bonner@tropicalstudies.org

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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?

Summer Programs

Global Health Issues in South Africa - Summer

Global Health Issues in South Africa - Summer

When: Feb 9th @ 8:00 PM EST
Duration: 15-20 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Kate Abney – Lead Faculty Member
Questions: brooks.bonner@tropicalstudies.org

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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

Tropical Biology in Costa Rica – Summer

When: Feb 7th @ 8:00 PM EST
Duration: 15-20 minutes
Presenter: Pia Paaby-Hansen, Ph.D – Education Program Director
Questions: brooks.bonner@tropicalstudies.org

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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

Tropical Island Ecology & Evolution in Hawai’i – Summer

When: Jan 31st @ 8:30 PM EST
Duration: 15-20 minutes
Presenter: Dr. Kristina Paxton – Lead Faculty Member
Questions: brooks.bonner@tropicalstudies.org

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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.