Ursinus in Costa Rica

Every other winter break, Ursinus biology students have the opportuntity to travel throughout Costa Rica over winter break, pursuing research projects at five biological field stations in a diverse array of tropical habitats. Next trip: December/January 2019-2020

This course heads to Costa Rica every other winter. Seventeen students have joined two professors for the 2017-18 trip. Check out the 2015-2016 webpage to get a glimpse at past experiences.

Hosted by the Organization for Tropical Studies, students in BIO/ENV-320 (Biology of the Neotropics) conduct research at five research stations throughout Costa Rica:

  • Palo Verde Biological Station (10.347778°N, 85.350278°W) features extensive wetlands adjacent to one the best patches of dry forest remaining in Central America.
  • Las Alturas Biological Station (8.945°N, 82.833W), at 1500 m elevation, is a rustic field station adjacent to 500,000 ha of primary forest in the Amistad Biosphere Reserve.
  • Las Cruces Biological Station (8.785694° N, Longitude: 82.959722W), at 1200 m elevation, is home to the Wilson Botanical Garden plus 300 hectares of mid-elevation wet forest.
  • Piro Research Station (8.403889°N, Longitude: 83.336667°W), operated by Osa Conservation, is located in mature, lowland Pacific rainforest bordered by miles of deserted tropical beach.
  • La Selva Biological Station (10.431172°N,84.004022°W), the research headquarters of OTS, includes 1,600 hectares of lowland Caribbean rainforest that receives 4 m of rainfall a year.


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