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.

Applied International 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 and Palo Verde Biological Station.


  • Join us for an informational meeting on Sept. 7, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the Schoo-Benis lobby.
  • Costa Rica Trip: Jan. 2-12, 2019
  • Applications Due: Sept. 17, 2018
  • Deposits Due: Sept. 28, 2018

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How will this benefit me?

  • Fulfill international/multicultural general education credits and experience international travel
  • Learn to collect data and collaborate with research crew
  • Gain experience analyzing data, writing a research paper, and presenting findings

What type of data will I collect?

You’ll explore mammal, bird, and insect diversity, as well as rainforest plant diversity and multiple different habitat characteristics. You’ll also learn more about the agricultural landscape of Costa Rica through visits to sugarcane, chocolate, banana, and pineapple farms.

Interested in gaining experience for careers outside of ecology? This trip’s unique combination of international research and analytical experience will look good on any kind of science application or resume.


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

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