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

Hiring Organization:
DANTA: Association for Conservation of the Tropics

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Position Description:
This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. This course will be held at Osa Conservation?s Piro Reseach Station in Costa Rica?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 places in Costa Rica that has jaguar, puma, sea turtles and four species of monkey (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey).

The learning experiences for the course fall into four main categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation. 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 and conservation. Service learning is a large component of all our programs. Students will gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation?s reforestation, sustainable agriculture and wildlife monitoring programs (big cat and sea turtle).

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a 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.Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.

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):
$2600 not including international airfare.

Term of Appointment:
December 28 - January 12, 2019 and July 3- 18, 2019

Application Deadline:
Winter Session: December 1, 2018; Summer Session: June 1, 2019

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

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