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Extended Spring Semester 2019, Costa Rica with Professor Picone

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Tropical Ecology of Natural and Agricultural Systems in Costa Rica (3 credits)

Professor Chris Picone (Course Syllabus)

The faculty-led course will survey the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems in Costa Rica, including rainforest, cloud forest, dry forest, and agricultural systems. Recurring themes will be similarities and connections between native ecosystems and agricultural systems. The course will meet weekly for 8 sessions before the trip, spend 10 days in Costa Rica, and have one follow-up meeting.

Serves as an LAS elective for the SMT requirement (along with GD), and also serve as a Biology elective at the 2000 level for Biology majors and minors. Open to all majors.

To apply to this program, please complete the online application. Applications as of 10/18/18 (3:40 PM) will be placed on a waitlist.


May 19, 2019 - May 29, 2019

Estimated Cost (subject to change):

$2700. Includes: Housing, transportation, airfare, and most meals

Payment Schedule:

Payment #1: November 8, 2018 $150 (nonrefundable)
Payment #2: January 15, 2018 $1,225
Payment #3: February 1, 2018 $1,225

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Beach in Costa Rica


May 19th: Boston to San Jose. Immediate departure for Guanacaste (Estación Experimental Forestal Horizontes).
May 20th: Monteverde region. Guided hike through the Santa Elena cloud forest reserve. Lecture on agricultural impacts in this region by Anibal Torres, Monteverde Institute.
May 21: Agriculture and conservation at Life Monteverde (farm cooperative)
May 22: Bus to dry forest and wetlands at Palo Verde Biological Station.
May 23: Morning hike (dry forest, wetlands, and birds). Afternoon beach ecology (Playas de Coco).
May 24: Llanos del Cortes Waterfall. Arrive at Pocosol Biological Station (rainforest).
May 25: Guided rainforest hike. Afternoon service learning project. Guided night hike.
May 26: Rainforest hikes. Afternoon service learning project.
May 27: Finca Luna Nueva: Organic agriculture and cacao tour
May 28: Ecotourism: Catarata Rio Agrio (swimming, waterfall). Return to San Jose.
May 29th: Depart for Boston

Please contact the Office of International Education for more information.