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.

The 2022 trip will take place January 2 - 11. 

Want to learn more?

Join us for a virtual information session on Friday, March 19 at 6:30 pm or Thursday, April 15 at 12:15 p.m. Please email Assistant Professor of Biology Melinda Fowler, PhD or Associate Professor of Environmental Biology Justin Compton, PhD for Zoom information. 

The deadline for the application is September 15, 2021. Please hand in the application to Dr. Fowler or Dr. Compton on the second floor of Schoo-Bemis or email it to mfowler3@springfield.edu or jcompton@springfield.edu. 

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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

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