Led by Assistant Professor of Biology Melinda Fowler and Associate Professor Environmental Biology Justin Compton, Biol 320: International Tropical Field Research is an upper division biology course where students travel to Costa Rica and carry out independent research. Students will be collecting data on a variety of projects they have developed from their own interests, from beetle morphology to soil characteristics to using camera traps to look at sloth abundance. Upon their return the students will be analyzing the data, writing a research paper and preparing to present at Scholars in Action in April. They will travel to two research stations, La Selva and Palo Verde to perform these projects. Melinda Fowler blogs about their time there.