DANTA Tropical Biology in Costa Rica 2019

9 April 2019

DANTA is offering summer 2019 field courses in tropical biology. DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors.

Summer 2019 courses include:

  • Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation (July 3 – July 18): 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. The learning experiences for the course fall into four main categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation. The program fee is $2600, and the application deadline is June 1, 2019.
  • Primate Behavior and Conservation (June 5 – July 1): This course is also designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior. 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. The program fee is $3500, and the application deadline is May 15, 2019.
  • Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability (June 18 – July 1): This courses will examine the proximate and ultimate causes of declines of rain forest habitats and biodiversity through a combination of direct observations in the field, lectures, and critical reviews of the literature. Emphasis will be on sustainable solutions and how today’s human societies can endure in the face of climate change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The program fee is $2600, and the application deadline is May 15, 2019.
  • Sustainable Tourism: Evaluation and Implementation (July 29 – August 11): This course will explore the growing industry of nature tourism and gain an understanding of its benefits and costs. he course will explore several case studies of nature tourism and we will visit a number of tourism sites. Students will work in small groups to develop a hypothetical ecotourism operation as part of the course requirement and develop a tourism assessment tool to be used as a potential accreditation system. The program fee is $2800 and the application deadline is July 1, 2019.

All courses include a visit to a wildlife rehabilition center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and dolphin and snorkeling trip of the Golfo Dulce. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission. University credit can be arranged through Carleton.

For more information visit http://www.danta.info/