Tropical Biodiversity Field Course (BIOC51H3S) is an intense experiential-learning course geared towards upper-level undergraduates interested in field research in the tropics. Students will explore both practical aspects of field biological research, and conceptual topics related to tropical biodiversity. The emphasis for the course will be on aquatic habitats, since the Caño Palma field station offers excellent access to a variety of aquatic environments. In particular, we will focus on freshwater fishes of Costa Rica and Central America.
While considerable information is available for other vertebrate groups in this area (e.g., birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles), the fish fauna is more poorly known, thus our research will directly contribute to ongoing scientific and conservation efforts to understand the biodiversity near the Caño Palma station. Students will also participate in activities that introduce other components of the local flora and fauna (potentially including plants, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians).