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Educational Organization:
Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Date Posted:

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.

Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to give the student a foundation in primate ecology, primate behavior, field techniques and analytical tools in a tropical setting. Students will live alongside wild primates, will learn ecological and behavioral data collection techniques, and will complete an independent study on one of three primate species native to the area (howler monkeys, white-faced capuchins and owl monkeys). The ultimate goal is for students to develop an integrated and comprehensive perspective on primate behavior, research, and conservation in a tropical setting.

The material covered is equivalent to a university upper level field course in primate ecology. The first 10 days of the course will be spent learning field techniques and carrying out various group projects or exercises. Midway through the course the entire station community will take a 3- day field trip to cloudforests of Boquete (see details below). Upon returning to the field station, students will work on their individual research projects. Towards the end of the course students will analyze their data, write a technical report and present their findings orally during a station-wide symposium.

Boquete Cloud Forest Trip:
This field trip will allow students the opportunity to visit other areas of Panama, to experience Panamanian culture, and to visit tropical cloud and seasonal forests first hand. We travel in ITEC boats to the mainland and then by chartered bus to Boquete which lies at the base of 11,000 ft Volcan Baru. The bus trip will take us up and over the central mountain range and through Palo Seco National Park. Several stops will be made in route.

Entrance Qualifications:
The course is limited to 10 students and applications will be evaluated as they arrive. If you believe that your application may arrive late, notify ITEC.

Applications can be found at http://itec-

Applications must include:
Completed Application Form (including all signatures and health/insurance information)

Letter of Recommendation (or recommendation form completed by your professor or advisor)

Student Statement of Interests (a short, page or less essay that describes who you are, your interests and how your ITEC course fits into your future academic plans)

Tuition Deposit (check or money order for $100 USD made out to ITEC)

Tuition / Fees:
$2150 USD. 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.

Start + End Dates:
June 15- July 10 2014

Application Deadline:
May 10, 2014

Contact Information:
Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation
2911 NW 40th PL
Gainesville, FL 32605


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