TESC 404 -- Costa Rica Field Studies: Ecology & Community


University of Washington, Tacoma
Summer of 2011

This year the international field portion of TESC 404, Costa Rica Field Studies: Ecology & Community ran from 1-22 August, 2011. The field course was based at the Rancho Mastatal Environmental Learning Center in the rural village of Mastatal in Puriscal province, approx. 2.5 hrs. west of San Jose. Led by Drs. John "Buck" Banks and Erica Cline, students from the UWT and UWS campuses participated in the 22 day trip. As part of the course requirements, students designed and conducted independent research projects during their stay in Costa Rica. Student research projects focused on topics such as poison dart frog behavior, fungal pathogens in cacao, hummingbird foraging behavior, butterfly diversity, river sediment loads, antibacterial properties of medicinal plants, and invertebrate biodiversity in local rivers.


Links to individual projects :

Link to photo gallery from 2011 course

Link to Research Project Haikus

Archive: Link to projects from 2007 course

Archive: Link to projects from 2005 course

Archive: Link to projects from 2004 course

Mastatal Sunset - Photo by J E Banks
Other links:
Buck's homepage
Environmental Science at UWT
UWT homepage
Link to archive of research conducted at Rancho Mastatal

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Please send comments to: banksj@u.washington.edu

Last updated on: September 14, 2011