Panama - BIOL 340: Tropical Biology
This course focuses on the biological and cultural diversity of the Mesoamerican neotropical realm. The course culminates with a two week field experience in Panama in May. Students will be exposed to both the cultural components of Mesoamerica and the unique aspects of neotropical lowland, dry, and cloud forest ecosystems. The Boca del Toro archipelago of islands (located on the eastern side of northwestern Panama) presents a unique opportunity for students to experience the “Galapagos of Central America.” Students will be afforded the chance to learn from subject matter experts about native plants, insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds and their significance in these fragile, endangered ecosystems. They will also observe how conservation, management, and ecotourism are balanced with maintaining culture and diversity in this area of the world.
Next Offering: Spring 2018. Cost: $3300.