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Field Methods in Primate Ecology and Behavior

Educational Organization:
Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation

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Program Description:
COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Republic of Panama. The biological station is located on a beach facing the Caribbean Sea. Coral reef and seagrass ecosystems lie out in front of the station and lowland tropical rain forests lie directly behind. This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverse ecosystems provides tremendous opportunities for education and research. See: for details.

INSTRUCTOR. Jackson Frechette, Ph.D. Candidate., Interdisciplinary Ecology, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida. Specialty: Community ecology, behavioral ecology, primatology, conservation and research design.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will familiarize students with field methodology for studying primate ecology and behavior, and will provide a background in major focuses of primatological field research. The material covered is equivalent to a university upper level course in primatology. The course relies on lectures and discussions of readings as well as field training, culminating in the planning, implementation, analysis and presentation of an independent field research project.
During the first few days students will become familiar with the many ecosystems found in our area and with the trail systems during “orientation” walks. The bulk of the first 10 days will be spent learning field techniques and carrying out various group exercises (see below). Midway through the course the entire station community takes a 3-day field trip to cloud forests of Boquete (see details below). On returning to the field station, students work on their individual research projects and continue to receive lectures or other activities in the evening.

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Tuition / Fees:
$2050.Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals and airport transfers in Bocas del Toro. The tuition also covers transportation and lodging during the 3-day cloud forest field trip on the mainland.

Support (scholarships, travel):
To apply:

Start + End Dates:
June 15 through July 10, 2013

Application Deadline:
May 15, 2013.

The course is limited to 15 students and applications will be evaluated as they arrive. If you believe that your application may arrive late, notify ITEC.

Contact Information:
Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Gainesville, FL 32605

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