Tropical Behavioural Ecology and Evolution

Registration for the 2017 course is now open!

Course Summary:

We will focus on evolutionary processes that shape the ecology and behaviour of key invertebrate model systems in a diverse tropical forest with a special emphasis on symbioses. The Ohio State spring prerequisite (EEOB 8896.02) includes a proposal writing phase that allows students to be trained in research design with guidance from course instructors. The course is designed to help graduate students interested in field biology to generate a fundable research proposal in the form of a Smithsonian Short-Term Fellowship. A few exceptional undergraduates will be invited to participate by enrolling in Undergraduate Independent Studies (EEOB 3193). Projects will be implemented at the world renowned Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (May 2017). With 38 resident staff scientists and hundreds of visiting biologists, students will have a unique opportunity to engage with a vibrant scientific community. Students will gain experience designing, implementing, writing and communicating scientific field research. The course is designed to help graduate students generate publishable manuscripts that further the broader aims of their ongoing research.

Ohio State Prerequisites:
Ohio State Spring Graduate Seminar
Ohio State Spring Undergraduate Independent Study

Panama Field Course:
Ohio State Tropical Behavioural Ecology and Evolution Course Information
University of Copenhagen Tropical Behavioural Ecology and Evolution Course Information