Foundations of Biology Principles of Biology General Ecology
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Foreign Study Courses: African Ecology Tropical Ecology
Field Studies Andes and Galapagos


Furman's Wild Semester



Tropical Ecology

Bio 341 and 342

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These paired courses Tropical Ecology and Field Studies in Tropical Ecology in combination have three objectives. The primary objective is to engender an appreciation of the richness, complexity, and diversity of tropical habitats. To accomplish this goal, we will study lowland tropical rain forest, cloud forest, and dry deciduous forest. After this experience, you should appreciate the diversity and "connectedness" of life, man's dependency on the global ecosystem, the frailty of these habitats in the face of human expansion, and our responsibility to preserve these unique and irreplaceable treasures. The second objective is to learn some ecology: the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. Through a series of lectures presented in Tropical Ecology and during the trip,and through independent and group field experiments conducted in the forests, you will learn: 1) about the structure and dynamics of these communities and their inhabitants, and 2) how to conduct a scientific, experimental field investigation. The third objective is to experience Costa Rican culture and appreciate the diversity of the human condition. By examining other cultures, we can reflect in a more informed way on the positive and negative attributes of our own.



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Cahuita National Park Lianas at La Selva Biological Station