January 2019
Stay Connected to Students and Researchers in the Tropics – Get Social with OTS!
Best Wishes for the New Year!
Thank you to everyone who supported OTS this past year! In recognition of your support, please let us know if you would like to be sent OTS’ 2019 electronic calendar.
For the coming year, our focus continues to be sustaining the tropics through these efforts:
1.     Training tomorrow’s scientists
OTS has trained more than 10,000 undergraduates, graduates, and professionals for careers in biology, forestry, ecology, and public policy. In our courses, students conduct “hands on” research in the some of the most complex ecosystems on the planet. 
2.     Sustaining biodiversity 
OTS works with local communities to protect more than 30,000 hectares associated with our research stations. These field sites are at the heart of OTS’ mission.
3.     Facilitating research
Research conducted at OTS field stations is a major stimulus to Costa Rica’s leadership in environment conservation. In addition, our involvement in Kruger National Park, South Africa is helping park officials manage complex wildlife issues within the reserve.
We invite you to deepen your partnership with OTS by becoming involved with our mission as a researcher, student, visitor, or donor! Please contact Jim Boyle, Vice President of Philanthropy at james.boyle@tropicalstudies.org to explore unique opportunities to help.

Thank you!
La Selva Receives Two Awards in Ecotourism
We are pleased to announce that the La Selva Research Station has been recognized with a 2018 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and the 2018 Guest Review Award from Booking.com. The Trip Advisor award is based on the consistently great reviews we have earned on the world's largest travel site. The second award is in recognition of our hard work day after day, guest after guest. It shows how much guests at the La Selva Research Station appreciate great service and the “OTS experience.” Continue reading.
REU Program at Las Cruces
Malaria in southern Costa Rica! But not in people, in birds! The answer to whether avian malaria exists across the large community of birds in southern Costa Rica was relatively unknown, at least until this summer, when a small team of researchers investigated the question. These biologists were among the 16 undergraduate students that gained hands-on experience in scientific research as part of the OTS Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Las Cruces. Find the answer by reading the article here . Continue reading.
Faculty Development Workshop on Global Health
OTS hosted an incredible one-week faculty development workshop with educators from six countries and twenty-four universities. The workshop addressed fundamental topics including assessment rubrics, risk management, pre-course preparation, and ethics in global health education and practice . Con tinue reading
Global Health Faculty-Led Academic Programs
This is an exciting year for OTS academic programs. We are currently working with a number of academic partners in delivering high-end, transformative learning experiences for undergrad and postgrad students. In 2019, we are hosting, co-designing, and co-implementing programs to address some of the most pressing issues in the field of Global Health. Continue reading

Proyecto Valores: Promoting Sustainable Forests
near La Selva
With funding provided by “First USA-CR Debt for Nature Swap” administered by Forever Costa Rica, OTS-La Selva Research Station continues to implement the project known in Spanish as “Proyecto Valores.” The project promotes the restoration and conservation of the tropical rain forest of the San Juan-La Selva Biological
Corridor by creating a model of sustainability and landowner-led forest monitoring in communities near La Selva in Sarapiquí, Costa Rica Continue reading
Breaking News: Learning Experiences for
OTS recently revised and re-launched its flagship decision-makers’ program. At OTS, the organization understands the key role that decision-makers have in sustaining the tropics. The program builds on its successful experiences working with decision-makers from Costa Rica, Latin America, and the United States.
We are excited about working with a broad-range of constituencies, especially decision-makers, to provide tools, best practices, and to build knowledge that can be translated into policies and legislation.
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We are Accepting Applications for Summer 2019 Undergraduate Programs

Global Health Issues (Summer – South Africa)
Summer I 2019 (May 28 - June 27, 2019)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

African Ecology and Conservation (South Africa)
Spring & Fall Semesters
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

Global Health in an Interconnected World (Costa Rica)
Spring & Fall Semesters
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet (Costa Rica)
Spring & Fall Semesters
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

Tropical Biology (Summer – Costa Rica)
Summer 2019
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Faculty Led Academic Groups
OTS´ academic logistics staff has assisted hundreds of faculty members throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Costa Rica to enhance their course trips by arranging everything from hotel reservations, transportation, meals, day activities, and research permits.   
Click here  to learn more about how OTS can enrich your class today! 
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