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Primate Behavior and Ecology Summer Field Course: Costa Rica

Educational Organization:
Estacion Biologica El Zota, Limon, Costa Rica

Date Posted:

Program Description:
Course Announcement:

Primate Behavior and Ecology Field Course Summer, 2013 Costa Rica
TREE: Tropical Research in Ecology and Ethology, LLC

Announcing our yearly Primate Behavior and Ecology Field Course for the summer of 2013. This course will be taught at the Estacion Biologica El Zota, Limon, Costa Rica.

Course Dates: June 8th – July 7th, 2013

Instructor: Dr. Lorna Joachim, Adjunct Professor of Research in Psychology, University of New Mexico Department of Psychology, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Co-Founder and VP TREE: Tropical Research in Ecology and Ethology, llc


For more information contact Dr. Joachim at

Our month-long course is designed to teach undergraduate and graduate students the basic skills needed for the study of wild primates. Throughout this course students learn techniques in ecological and behavioral data collection through (1) a series of field-based assignments and (2) completion of an independent study project. Monkeys available for study are Ateles geoffroyi, the black handed spider monkey; Cebus capucinus, the white-faced capuchin; Alouatta palliata, the mantled howler monkey.

Students are free to construct their own research project or do one on a topic of our suggestion. Students may work as alone or in groups of any size as they desire. Faculty members are happy to help students at any stage of project completion. We will gladly help operationalize ideas, accompany students into the field, and help analyze data. Students may take this course for university credit through their own university, as an independent study, or through The University of New Mexico as an enrolled student. We are happy to help facilitate credit hours; but it is up to the student to let us know well in advance of the course dates how they want to handle it. Of course many students take our course just to get field experience. So, we are glad to write letters of recommendation for graduate school etc., for all students completing the course.

Location: This course will take place in Costa Rica at the Estacion Biologica El Zota, Limon, Costa Rica: a privately managed Reserve under the protection afforded natural areas in the country by MINAE and The Neotropical Foundation. El Zota Biological Station is composed of 2400 acres of protected tropical wet forest. A variety of habitats are found at the station including: primary, secondary and regenerating forest; swamp; lagoon, and areas bordered by pastureland. The station is located in the Caribbean lowlands about 17 miles from the Nicaraguan border. In addition to El Zota for our last week we will travel to the Caribbean Coast where we will do conservation work with the research staff of the Monkey Bridge Project located in the Talamanca region of Costa Rica.

We are committed to conserving wild areas and at the same time “giving back” to the people living nearby. Therefore, a portion of each student course fee will cover a years worth of high school fees for a needy Costa Rican student. The cost for high school supplies and uniforms in US dollars is not much; but in many cases precludes the completion of high school. We are aware that in far too many cases the lack of a high school education in rural areas results in a lifetime of grueling labor done on banana or pineapple plantations with no hope of university or other jobs. Our hope is that our efforts will enhance student well being and facilitate choice by enabling students to attend university following graduation. Ultimately, we hope that with our help students may come to work towards conservation in their own community.

Accommodations: Students will live in dormitory style with up to six others in a room. Rooms are equipped with bathrooms, showers, bunk beds and fans. IN camp there are separate buildings for dining, lectures and laboratory work. IN addition, we have a small store located next to a covered patio where students can gather for a cold drink, a snack or a dance party.

Side Trips: We take a number of fun side trips in Costa Rica; which are hugely popular. We have taken students to visit cloud forests and coffee/chocolate plantations, zip lining, sea turtle watching, white-water rafting, snorkeling, caving, tree climbing, and beach combing. While these excursions are not our focus, they enhance the student’s experience and are a lot of fun to boot!

Course Cost: $2795 USD plus airfare to and from Costa Rica.
Cost includes all accommodations, meals, travel costs and trips occurring within the course dates. We recommend students arrive a day before the actual start-date and leave at least one day following our final day however, in order to allow additional time for travel from field locations to San Jose. Students will be responsible for accommodations these two nights; though we usually share rooms at hotels in the city in order to keep costs down.

The Application deadline is April 30, 2013: apply using the forms tab on the following link.

Send electronic versions of your completed application files to:

Dr. Lorna Joachim at


TREE: Tropical Research in Ecology and Ethology, LLC: c/o Dr. Lorna Joachim P.O. box 1252 Corrales, NM 87048

Please make all checks out to: TREE Field Studies, c/o Dr. Lorna Joachim

If you have sent your application and unofficial transcript you will receive a tentative acceptance or denial. Receipt of and successful vetting of your application, transcript, signed medical form, letter of recommendation and liability waiver will be necessary for full acceptance to the program.

A non-refundable $300.00 deposit is due within two weeks of acceptance to the course. If you are having trouble meeting this deadline contact us and we can extend the deadline on a student-by-student basis.

The balances of your costs are due by May 1st, 2013. A payment schedule can be arranged through us if need be… though final payments in this case are due by May 10th.

Entrance Qualifications:
Undergraduate student, graduates of undergraduate institutions, or graduate students

Tuition / Fees:
$2795 USD plus airfare to and from Costa Rica

Support (scholarships, travel):

Start + End Dates:
June 8th – July 7th, 2013

Application Deadline:
April 30th, 2013

Contact Information:
Dr. Lorna Joachim
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM


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