Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spaces available in OTS Tropical Biology and Tropical Plant Systematics Courses

OTS is currently in the OPEN ENROLLMENT – ROLLING ADMISSION period for the 6-week Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach 2014-3, the summer edition of our graduate fundamentals course, as well as the 5-week Tropical Plant Systematics 2014-9 course, also to be offered in June-July 2014.  A few spaces are still available for each course. OTS member institution students have priority for admission, deep discounts on course fees and those with financial needs that cannot be met on campus have priority for additional OTS partial scholarships.

Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach 2014-3 now includes a Science Communication workshop lead by Neil Losin and Nate Dappen of Days Edge productions. Students learn the importance of communicating their findings to those outside the scientific community and in the process develop short videos as a means to accomplish this. In addition students maintain a Course Blog and create podcasts. Tweeter @OTS2014_1 and Instagram® are also tools used for this purpose.

Also please check out: How all ecology grad students can benefit from an OTScourse, an aptly titled article written by Terry McGlynn (Cal State Dominguez Hills)

More information about these two courses:
Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach 2014-3

Course dates: June 10  – July 21, 2014
Application deadline:   open enrollment until course is filled
Instructors: Jane Zelikova and Jenny Stynoski will be joined by invited professors from Latin America and the USA
Tropical Biology is an intensive, six week course in field research and tropical ecology for 22 graduate students. This classic OTS field course, also called the “Fundamentals Course,” has trained tropical biologists since the 1960s using the highly regarded OTS “field problems” approach that focuses on formulation of research questions, experimental design, data collection, analysis, and oral and written presentations. The OTS 2014-3 course will place emphasis on research and analysis tools as well as science communication and outreach.

Tropical Plant Systematics 2014-9
Course dates: June 11  – July 14, 2014
Application deadline:   open enrollment until course is filled
Instructors: Mauricio Bonifacino and Amanda Grusz will be joined by invited professors from Latin America and the USA
Tropical Plant Systematics is an intensive, five week field introduction to the identification, inventory, classification, and phylogenetic analysis of tropical vascular plants. This course is primarily for plant systematists but will also interest ecologists, zoologists, and conservation biologists – anyone whose research requires a broad knowledge of plant relationships and classification.


The two course flyers and an e-mail ready fill-in application form are available on our home page at www.ots.duke.edu  or www.ots.ac.cr by clicking on the course title in the Graduate Courses box.