A message to our students:

Springfield College is saddened to cancel the January 2021 trip to Costa Rica and associated spring coursework. Due to COVID-19, we cannot plan international travel at this time. Our sincere hope is to offer this course in January 2022. Thus, applications and deposits will be due in Fall 2021. Please be on the lookout for announcements and informational meetings in the Spring to discuss more for future classes.

Looking for an opportunity to explore a different climate and culture where you’ll collect data in an internationally renowned ecologically diverse location?

The International Tropical Field Research (BIOL 320) class is perfect for you.

Bringing science to life with international research experience

You’ll travel to Costa Rica in January where you’ll gather data. During the spring semester, you’ll analyze your findings, write your research paper, and present your poster at Scholars in Action Day. 

The trip is organized through the Organization for Tropical Studies and will include stops at the La Selva Biological Station.


Examples of 2019 student research projects. Please click on each project for further detail:

Potential research projects for 2021 include, but are not limited to:

  • Primate Behavior (Social, Foraging, Mating, etc…)
  • Ocelot Identification
  • Bird Diversity Survey
  • Peccary Behavior (Social, Foraging, Mating, etc…)
  • Social Insect (Ants or Termites) Behavior





Contact Assistant Professor of Biology Melinda Fowler, PhD, at mfowler3@springfield.edu or Associate Professor of Environmental Biology Justin Compton, PhD, at jcompton@springfield.edu

Studying Biology At Springfield College