The Cloud Forest: Costa Rica
Saturday, March 11 - Saturday, March 18, 2017
Students must be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and at least 16 years old during program.
Note: This is a physically active program. Students will spend significant time outdoors engaged in activities such hiking and tree climbing.
This program has been cancelled for 2017.
Calling all adventurous and curious students who are passionate about science and nature
Join Brown University this spring in San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica to study the cloud forest from a different perspective – high up in the trees! Study a beautiful and unique ecosystem - the tropical montane cloud forest - and learn tree climbing techniques in order to study a hyper-diverse canopy community.
The lead instructor, Dr. Sybil Gotsch, has been conducting research in Monteverde’s ecosystem since 2012 to understand how ongoing changes in climate, such as increases in drought, affects this ecosystem. Students will learn techniques in field biology by directly participating in Dr. Gotsch’s research program. Field activities will serve to broaden students’ experience in conservation biology and field ecology, and will hone students’ ability to observe and understand the natural world.
Read "Dealing with climate change in Costa Rica's treasured Monteverde cloud forest" to discover how the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is increasing awareness about the problem and combatting the effects of climate change
- Understand the importance of the tropical montane cloud forest to biodiversity and water resources
- Learn about the important role of the canopy community to ecosystem functioning in the tropical montane cloud forest
- Practice using hands-on scientific methods
- Participate directly in field-based scientific research
Learning activities include:
- Tree climbing facilitated by local experts and naturalists
- Up-close exploration of the forest canopy from climbing platforms
- Hands-on field experiment working alongside scientists to examine the drought effects on the physiology of canopy plants
- Guided interpretive hikes in seasonal rain forest and cloud forest habitats
- Lab and field-based observations to explore the diversity of the canopy community