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DANTA Primate Behavior and Conservation Field Course, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica 2019

Hiring Organization:
DANTA: Association for Conservation of the Tropics

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Dates: June 5- July 1, 2019

Application deadline: June 1, 2019

Program Fee: $3500

Location: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. The course will be conducted at Osa Conservationâ??s Piro Research Station in Costa Ricaâ??s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few sites in Costa Rica that contain 4 species of primate (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey). Four species of sea turtle also nest along its beaches. Your participation in our program helps preserve this Central American jewel.

The learning experiences for the course fall into five main categories: field exercises, independent research, discussions, lectures and applied conservation. The first half of the courses is devoted to learning ecological field techniques, while in the second half students develop, carry out and present data from their independent research projects. Many of our participants have gone on to present their work at international, national and regional conferences. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in:(1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems, conservation, climate change and sustainability. Participants gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation's sustainable agriculture, reforestation and sea turtle/wildlife monitoring programs.

The course includes a field trip to a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects.

The course is intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical biology and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment.


Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
$3500 not including international airfare.

Term of Appointment:
June 5 - July 1, 2019

Application Deadline:
June 1, 2019

Contact Information:
Kimberly Dingess
304 12th Avenue West
Huntington, WV 25701-3039

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