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The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a nonprofit consortium of about fifty universities, colleges, and research institutions worldwide. Founded in 1963, OTS’ mission is to provide leadership in education, research, and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) has operations in three countries and research stations and education programs in Costa Rica and South Africa. For the last half century, The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) has been the world’s leading institution in the study of tropical biology, with more than 360 courses in tropical ecology, conservation and global health and over 8000 students trained, including many of the world’s leading tropical ecologists.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to sustain our tropical ecosystems by driving scientific discovery and knowledge, by enriching human perception of nature and by enhancing worldwide policy actions in the tropics.

DRIVING

Scientific Discovery
& Knowledge

ENRICHING

Human Perception
of Nature

ENHANCING

Worldwide Policy Actions
in the Tropics

Support

Organization for Tropical Studies

Organization for Tropical Studies -OTS- is undergoing an exciting time of growth and renewal. Your investment will help sustain the world’s tropical ecosystems by supporting OTS’ work in three critical areas:

  1. Research – driving scientific discovery and knowledge to answer the most pressing questions for the future of the tropics;
  2. Education – inspiring the next generation on their path to discovery and global leadership;
  3. Policy – informing worldwide policies that impact the tropics.

The health of the tropics, and the entire planet, will require the personal involvement of people from around the world – please add your voice to the effort, today!

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OTS By the Numbers

863

Groups

863 faculty-led courses at OTS stations

6400+

Publications

6400+ publications that mention OTS

10789

Students

10,789 students trained, alumni from 70+ countries

371

Courses

371 OTS courses taught

Organization for Tropical Studies

In pursuit of a more sustainable future.

OTS Statement on the need for a safe and harassment-free environment for research, learning and collaboration

OTS stands for a broad, inclusive, diverse, and safe culture of science. OTS believes in the need for a safe and harassment-free environment in which researchers, students, visitors, and staff may learn and collaborate. OTS adheres to the highest standards and all relevant and applicable national, state, and local laws and regulations.

OTS does not tolerate any sexual harassment, coercion, or assault at any of our facilities or in any of our programs. OTS regularly reviews our diversity and harassment policies to fully promote and ensure the respect and safety of all. To that end, we proactively ensure awareness by all employees, students, and visitors of these policies and require that they be affirmed by all participants in OTS-sponsored activities, as well as any other individuals having a business relationship with OTS.