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NAU in Costa Rica-Tropical Ecology-Ron Gray & Robert "Buck" Sanford
Multicity, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Costs Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty-led GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Angela Miller
Language Prerequisite:
Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study:
Biology, Environmental Science
Program Description:


Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity


 NAU in Costa Rica  

Costa Rica Ecology



This course is intended for undergraduate and graduate students with interests in tropical ecology and biodiversity. The main purpose of this course is to develop in students a deep understanding of the practices of science through their observations of tropical ecosystems and engagement with real tropical field research data. The course will consist of a field session in Costa Rica with a culminating project due shortly after returning. Field sites include Poas National Park, Monteverde, Carara National Park, and Manuel Antonio National Park. 

Costa Rica - Gray



We will be working with Costa Rican researchers and guides throughout the course as we engage in field research in multiple national reserves throughout the country.



May 29 - June 10, 2015


Must have junior, senior or graduate level status in CSTL, BIO, ENV or related programs. Graduates and educators may enroll as non-degree seeking students.



Credit eligible courses – BIO/ENV 499/599 Contemporary Development- Tropical Ecology & Biodiversity
4 credit hours
Program Director: Dr. Ron Gray /
Sponsoring Departments:   The Center for Science Teaching 

Ron Gray CR 

Dr. Ron Gray is an assistant professor of science education in the Center for Science Teaching and Learning.  Long involved in conservation efforts around the globe, he has led international conservation education courses for science teachers around the world including to Namibia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Borneo.  

Dr. Robert "Buck" Sanford is a professor of the School of Earth Sciences and 
buckEnvironmental Sustainability. Dr. Sanford's researcb interests include biogeochemistry of alpine, tropical and dryland ecosystems, particularly in managed and fire affected environments and paleoecology/land use history – how biogeochemical soil ‘signatures’ that human populations/cultures have left on landscapes affect present day ecological processes. This will be his 39th year leading field studies and courses in Costa Rica.



Students will be housed at hotels or field stations in or near the national reserves throughout the course including the University of Georgia’s Field Station in Monteverde.



To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.



To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once you complete an application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100, so be sure at the time of application that you intend to go! Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application.