Course dates: December 28, 2017 – January 23, 2018
Application deadline: APPLY NOW: rolling admission until filled

Field Ecology: Skills for Science and Beyond is an intensive, four-week course that will challenge you in every way. At its heart lie the highly regarded OTS “field-inspired research problems”, which engage students in the fast-paced formulation of research questions based on field observations, experimental design, data collection, analysis, and both oral and written presentations. Students will take away advanced skills in research design, data analysis, writing, science communication and collaborative research – all in the breath-taking tropical setting that is Costa Rica. The 2018 course will place emphasis on research and analysis tools as well as science communication. We guarantee you will return to your home institution a better scientist.

Course participants are eligible for pilot and thesis research awards provided by the OTS research fellowship program, which supports research at OTS field stations. Students should apply by March 1, 2018 following instructions on the OTS website.

OTS Course Coordinator, Carissa Ganong (PhD University of Georgia; assistant professor of ecology, Missouri Western State University) will be joined by Co-coordinator Andrew Mehring (PhD University of Georgia; postdoctoral scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego) and by a number of invited professors from Latin America and the USA.

More information and online application instructions are available at