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Nicaragua Study Abroad- Summer 2018

Important Notice

Due to the travel advisory warning from the U.S. Department of State, this program will now travel to Costa Rica.

Application Steps for the Program

Step 1 General Study Abroad Online Application
Step 2 Program Application

Complete Steps 1 & 2 and submit all supplemental documents to the Study Abroad Office by the application deadline.

Courses Offered

Students may register for various A-State courses through this program:

  • Neotropical Bat Ecology – 3 credits (May 14- May 28)
  • Tropical Botany – 3 credits (May 27- June 10)
  • Tropical Ecology – 6 credits (May 14- June 10)

  • The Neotropical Bat Ecology

    The Neotropical bat Ecology course is designed to provide a detailed knowledge of Neotropical bats within an ecological framework. Extensive capturing of bats during nightly field excursions will supplement lecture material, provide opportunity for gaining extensive experience in capture techniques and identification of bats in hand, and lay the groundwork for individual research problems and projects. The class will take place on Ometepe Island, a volcanic island in Lake Nicaragua. As a class we will camp in the cloud forest and survey bats at higher elevations for at least one night. The end of the class will include a visit to Masaya Volcano National Park where we will observe a large nightly emergence of bats from a cave and we will explore the local culture of the historic city of Granada.

  • Tropical Botany

    Tropical Botany will explore the vascular plant diversity and ecology on Isla de Ometepe.  This island made of two volcanoes has an incredible diversity of habitats, ranging from freshwater shoreline and marsh to tropical dry forest to cloud forest.  Volcán Concepción is active and Volcán Maderas is dormant with a crater lake at the top, making these volcano neighbors a great comparative natural laboratory.  Topics in this course include: Plant family and species diversity, habitat / elevation adaptation and specificity, epiphyte communities, pollination, seed dispersal, the physical environment, interactions with other organisms, succession and colonization, nutrient and water cycles, conservation, and specimen collection and preservation techniques in the tropics.  The end of the class will include a visit to Laguna Apoyo, and we will explore the local culture of the historic city of Granada.

  • Tropical Ecology

    Tropical Ecology covers fundamentals of ecology in a hands-on, field-based format on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.  Students in this course will be interacting with students in Neotropical Bat Ecology and Tropical Botany, and this course will emphasize biotic interactions between plants and their pollinators.  The island has an incredible diversity of habitats for its size, and these habitats will be explored and compared.  Topics in this course include: Plant and animal diversity, environment of the Neotropics, habitat delineation, adaptation, plant-animal interactions, reproduction and population size, the physical environment, succession and colonization, nutrient and water cycles, conservation, and specimen and data collection and analysis.  The end of the class will include a visit to Laguna Apoyo, and we will explore the local culture of the historic city of Granada.


Eligibility

  • GPA: 2.5
  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior or graduate student in good academic standing
  • Must have completed BIO 1301, 1303 (Biology of Animals Lab and Lecture)
  • Must have completed BIO 1501, 1503 (Biology of Plants Lab and Lecture)
  • Open to all majors

Application Deadline

March 16, 2018

Costs

  • Neotropical Bat Ecology (15 days): $2,900
  • Tropical Botany (15 days): $2,900
  • Tropical Ecology (28 days): $3,250
Includes Does not include
Airfare  A-State tuition and fees
Meals Personal Expenses
Activities according to itinerary Rabies Shots*** 
Excursions Passport application fee
Accommodation
Local Ground Transportation
Study abroad medical insurance

***(REQUIRED for Neotropical Bat Ecology and Tropical Ecology, NOT Tropical Botany)

Financial Assistance

Apply for the Office of Study Abroad travel voucher 

Contact

Prof. Thomas Risch, Program Director Prof. Travis Marisco Jeanne d’Arc Gomis
Department of Biological Sciences Department of Biological Sciences Director, Study Abroad Office
Tel: (870)-972-3082 / (870) 926-1917 Tel: (870)-253-1410 Tel: (870)-926-3734
Email: trisch@astate.edu Email: tmarsico@astate.edu Email: jgomis@astate.edu