Biology

Tropical Ecology

Tropical ecology photo collage of wildlife 

What You’ll Learn

In the “Tropical Ecology” course, students have the opportunity to learn about the organisms and environments that make tropical rainforests such a unique and diverse ecosystem.  Students are immersed in the jungle ecosystem where they conduct their own research projects on an organism of their choice (with some guidance by course instructors, Dr. Jennie Carr and Dr. Robin Van Meter); past students have conducted projects on bats, caiman, birds, fungi, spiders, and plants, just to name a few!   Students have the opportunity to present the results of their project while abroad and again to the Washington College community upon their return to campus for the spring semester.

Tropical Ecology has traveled to both Nicaragua and Brazil, each opportunity providing students with a one-of-a-kind cultural experience, including traditional regional cuisine.  You do not need to have any background in the host language to join the course, but those that do will have ample opportunity to practice or hone their skills!

Co-led by Dr. Jennie Carr and Dr. Robin Van Meter, the course is worth 4 credits and may be counted towards the biology major as a Category IV upper-level elective.  Although the General Biology sequence (BIO-111 and BIO-112) is a pre-requisite for the course, you do not need to be a biology major to join in on the adventure!  Students across disciplines are encouraged to apply!

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