Course Information


Jean Replicon can be reached at (408)855-5267 or

Elizabeth Bell can be reached at (408)855-5208 or

This introductory level course is designed for students of all disciplines who are interested in learning about tropical rainforest ecology first-hand by studying at two renowned field stations in Costa Rica. Principles of ecology, biodiversity, and conservation will be emphasized. Costa Rican culture, economy, and public policy and their relationship to resource conservation will be featured. Students will participate in naturalist led hikes, and design and carry out their own ecological studies.

Tropical Ecology can be used to satisfy the GE requirement for a Natural Science with a lab at California State Universities.

This Winter 2014 class will be held first on campus, then in Costa Rica. On-campus classes are scheduled for evenings (January 2, 7 and 9 from 6-10) and weekends (January 4 and 11 from 10-4). The class travels to Costa Rica January 13-24. Program fee of $2325 includes airfare as well as in-country ground transportation, all activities, lodging and most meals. Students will be responsible for their own trip costs and the purchase of items required for the trip. Advance application is required to assure a space on the trip. For more information, please contact either instructor listed above.