Friday, March 11, 2011

Summer primate field course in Ometepe, Nicaragua

Wonderful field course offered by the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy at Ometepe, Nicaragua:

Primate Behavior & Ecology with Dr. Katherine C. MacKinnon:
This field course is designed to give students an in-depth learning experience about primate behavior and ecology in a natural tropical setting. You will learn data collection techniques and socio-ecological theory, and will design and conduct your own independent research project. The course is equivalent to an upper-level university class in primatology, but with a greater emphasis on research design, field techniques, and data collection. There will be classroom lectures, presentations based on readings and projects, informal discussions out in the field, a series of group exercises in the forest, and an individual research project based on methodology and theory learned during the group projects, various readings and classroom lectures. Expect to be intellectually and physically challenged, but above all to have fun and an amazing summer in the rain forest!

Personal plug: I took this course as a graduate student and then came back years later as a TA. It is a wonderful site. Gorgeous setting, and unparalleled visual access to the howler monkeys. You or your students will enjoy this experience at this established and well-respected field site. Also, interested in being a TA or prof? Let the good people at MRC know!

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