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Neotropical Primate Ecology (15 May-15 August, and 20 Dec-9 Jan, each year)
Field Study in the Americas
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Location of Site: PANAMA, Bocas del Toro

Director: Dr. Peter N. Lahanas
Phone: 352-367-9128   Fax: 352-367-0610   E-Mail:
1023 SW 2nd Ave., Gainesville, Florida 32601 UNITED STATES
Department: Education and Research
Institution: Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Sponsoring Institution(s): Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC), New College of the University of South Florida

Research Objectives: Program objectives are to provide hands-on research experience in primate ecology and behavior. This is achieved through field courses in primate ecology and by providing facilities for long-term research projects for faculty and graduate students. Due to the juxtaposition of both tropical rain forests and coral reefs, this region of Panama offers perhaps the highest overall biodiversity in Central America. ITEC's mission is to provide college-level courses in tropical ecology, anthropology and geology. ITEC field ecology courses are three-four weeks in duration and emphasize the learning of field techniques and individual research. Our professors and students come from universities across the US, Canada and Latin America. Tuition for the four-week summer and three-week winter field courses are $1500 and $1200 respectively, and covers all instruction, lodging, meals and local transportation. Up to six units of credit are given for each course. ITEC field courses include: Primate Ecology, Tropical Animal Behavior, Cultural Anthropology, Coral Reef Ecology, Geology of Panama, Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Neotropical Ornithology, Tropical Ethnobotany, Neotropical Herpetology, Tropical Plant Ecology, Tropical Conservation Ecology, Neotropical Entomology and Tropical Ecology and Conservation (Spanish language). Approximate course dates: Summer Session A: May 14-June 10, Summer Session B: June 15-July 12, Summer Session C: July 15-August 11, Winter Session: December 20-January 9, Primate Ecology field courses are offered in all sessions.

Field Positions and Volunteers: Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships and Internships are available in three ITEC programs; Marine Turtle Program, Local Environmental Education Program and Reforestation Program.

Species Studied: Alouatta palliata (mantled howler), Aotus trivirgatus (owl monkey), Ateles geoffroyi (Geoffroy's spider monkey), Cebus capucinus (white-faced capuchin)

Other Species at Site: Callithrix geoffroyi (white-headed marmoset), Saimiri sciureus (common squirrel monkey)

Comments: ITEC is a non-profit (501c3), education, research and conservation corporation, and operates the Bocas del Toro Biological Station in Panamá. Our mission is to: 1) offer quality field ecology courses to undergraduates and beginning graduate students, 2) provide facilities for long-term biological research in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, 3) operate programs for the conservation of sea turtles, rain forests and other natural resources along the Caribbean coast of Panamá, 4) aid the local community by establishing educational programs and workshops on resource conservation, reforestation, and pollution control, and by providing alternative employment opportunities that have minimal environmental impact. ITEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or religion with regard to staff employment, acceptance of students, research assistants or volunteers, or in any aspect of its operation.

Last Updated: 2001-02-19

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