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Field course in Primate Ecology & Animal Behavior
Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation - Panama
The purpose of this course on the Island of Bocas del Toro (Panama) is to give the student a foundation in primate ecology, primate behavior, field techniques and analytical tools in a tropical setting. The material covered is equivalent to a university upper level course in primate ecology. The course is divided into five distinct components: classroom lectures, classroom presentations by students (based on assigned readings), discussions and exercises in the field, one written exam, and one individual project based on data collection techniques learned in the field and in the classroom.
There will be lectures on ecological concepts, primate ecology, primate behavior, field techniques, behavioral sampling techniques, and analytical tools. Readings corresponding to lecture topics will be assigned from selected papers.
Karen B. Strier (2010). Primate Behavioral Ecology, 4th edition. Prentice Hall
Group Field Exercises:
Students will learn the following field techniques, which will assist them in setting up their own independent field projects:
Constructing habitat profiles
Plant phenology profiles
GPS exercise (Garmin 12XL)
Behavioral observations (behavioral sampling techniques)
Individual Research Projects:
With the assistance of the instructor, each student will develop and carry out their own field research project on a topic of their choice. Each topic must be approved by the instructor prior to beginning data collection. Each student will be required to write a research proposal, collect and analyse their data, write up their findings, and present their results to the class. A text about the art of publishing is provided.
All assignments must be completed before leaving the field station, so that a final course grade can be assigned. Course grades are proposed to be calculated as follows (the proportion of each section is negotiable, but an agreement must be concluded between the instructor and students before the beginning of the course):
Individual Research Project - 40%
Written Exam - 30%
Classroom Presentation - 20%
Participation - 10%
One year of university completed.
The course can be credited up to 3 university credits.
Please feel free to contact the instructor for more information.
Also there will be a lot of slogging around in swamp-forests in this course. Expect to get wet and muddy while in the field.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The course is given at the Bocas del Toro Biological Field Station in Panama.
Term of Appointment:
December 20 (2012) to January 9 (2013)
Please visit http://www.itec-edu.org
La Prairie, PQ J5R 4L5
+1 (514) 550-39229
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