OTS News

Field Notes from South Africa

Jessica Rehmann, Washington University at St. Louis – 2019 African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa I dreaded the days leading up to my flight from the comforts of home, to go across the world to a new country and a new continent. My introverted self, shuddered at the thought of meeting an entirely new […]

Notes from the Board

The OTS Board of Directors met on July 8, 2019 and approved a Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Plan and Budget designed to ensure the smooth operation of the Costa Rica field stations in the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.  The budget anticipates an operating deficit but also forecasts enough unrestricted […]

Please welcome Dr. Sofia Rodriguez to the OTS family!

Sofia will serve as the Manager of Costa Rica Education Programs with initial responsibility for our FLAGs program and our Costa Rica graduate and undergraduate courses.  Dr. Rodriguez will join us on November 1, 2019 and will be based at the CRO office on the UCR campus in San Jose. Since 2018, Dr. Rodriguez has […]

UConn to Become the School of Record for OTS Undergraduate Study Abroad Courses in South Africa

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and the University of Connecticut (UConn) are happy to announce that UConn will become the School of Record for undergraduate courses at the OTS field station in South Africa, effective January 2020. This noteworthy accomplishment follows from a long-history of association: UConn has been a consortium member of OTS […]

OTS Experience Photo Contest for the 2020 OTS calendar!

Dear OTS Family! We are pleased to announce the OTS Experience Photo Contest for the 2020 OTS calendar! The OTS calendar is enriched when it includes photos from the extended OTS family (i.e. that is you!). Until September 17, we will be looking for outstanding photos on what OTS means to you. It would be […]

Stories from the Field: OTS Tropical Ecology & Conservation Spring 2019

My Journey By: Maria Victoria “Vicky” Ortiz Cruz, Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve, Cuba My journey began some time ago, and I can only say that it has been wonderful, it has made me grow and see the world in a different way. I remember an infinity of questions crossed my mind when my course […]

Las Cruces Research Station Open House

On June 1, the Las Cruces Research Station and the Wilson Botanical Garden hosted the Third Annual Open House Day. It was a great success, with over 700 people from the community visiting the station! The purpose of this outreach is to share our science, conservation and sustainability efforts with the community through guided walks, […]

Laboratory in the Forest: article by OTS graduate professor

Laboratory in the Forest By Marcelo Casacuberta Marcelo Casacuberta is a documentary film maker and photographer who specializes in the identification of fauna, and was a visiting professor to teach at OTS graduate course on scientific communications using videos. It is five in the morning and the sky is just beginning to clear. About ten […]

Stories from the field: By Edwin Jurado, Bachelor in Forest Engineering and Environment

Dreaming is not bad By: Edwin Jurado Rojas, Bachelor in Forest Engineering and Environment of the National Amazonic University of Madre de Dios, Peru I must start by thanking the Organization for Tropical Studies – OTS, for the opportunity provided. This course has been transformative for me, I expected to learn a lot and I […]

Stories from the field: OTS African Ecology & Conservation Spring 2019

Skukuza – the first taste of Kruger! By Dr Lisa Nupen (Resident Lecturer)   After making the long trip from Nylsvley the students finally arrived at one of the jewels on Africa’s protected area crown – the spectacular Kruger National Park. This is OTS South Africa’s main base at the SSLI the ‘Skukuza Science Leadership […]

The 10th Annual Kimberly G. Smith Outstanding Student Paper Award winner is Belén Fadrique

Organization for Tropical Studies announces winner of the 10th Annual Kimberly G. Smith Outstanding Student Paper Award This year’s winner is Belén Fadrique from the University of Miami for her paper “Widespread but heterogeneous responses of Andean forests to climate change,” published in Nature. Using a comprehensive new database of ~200 Andean forest inventory plots […]

Notes from the March Board Meeting

Welcome to Notes from the Board, where we will share the latest news from the OTS Board of Directors.  In this issue, we will report on the March 2019 meetings of the Board of Directors, including the public Annual Meeting held on March 16, 2019. First, help us congratulate new Member Director, Gabriel Macaya (UCR) […]

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.

Proyecto Valores: Promoting Sustainable Forests at La Selva

Work Team: Amanda Wendt, Paul Foster, Alex Gilman, Robin Chazdon and Jossy Calvo With funding provided by  “I Debt-for-Nature Swap E.E.U.U – Costa Rica” and the Forever Costa Rica Association, OTS-La Selva Research Station continues to implement the “Proyecto Valores” program, which promotes the restoration and conservation of the tropical rainforest of the San Juan-La […]

La Selva as part of Sustainable Tourism in Sarapiquí area

OTS is pleased to report that in 2018, Sarapiquí was accredited as one the first Sustainable Tourism Destinations of Central America and the Caribbean. This certification was developed under the Tour-Cert company system, which allowed the destination to make deep diagnoses of the present sustainability aspects, determinate priorities and implement improvement plans through criteria based […]

Environmental Fair at La Selva-2018

On November 4th, the La Selva Research Station hosted the 12th annual Environmental Fair. This outreach event shares OTS’ on-going research, educational programs, and sustainability efforts with the community through guided walks, workshops, talks and exhibits from sponsors such as the Dole Food Company and FLOREX among others. The Fair is organized by a committed […]

Stories from the field: OTS Students Experience

OTS African Ecology & Conservation Spring course The Rundown! Hello from the OTS Spring 2019 students! We are currently back in Skukuza SSLI camp after our visit to Northern Kruger and outside the park in HaMakuya, where we had a three-day homestay with families of the Venda people. But I’ll get to that in a […]

Stories from the field: Wetland wonderland: Nylsvley in a nutshell

OTS African Ecology & Conservation Spring course By Dr. Lisa Nupen (Resident Lecturer) After a long drive from Emerald Backpackers, OTS South Africa students arrived at Nylsvley Nature Reserve – the first of many field sites that they will visit during their African Ecology and Conservation semester programme. They dived right into lectures with Dr […]

Research Experience for Undergraduate Students Summer Program in Costa Rica

The Organization for Tropical Studies hosts a summer research experience for undergraduate students from underrepresented minorities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program at the National Science Foundation funds this program, where each year 30 students gain hands-on experience developing their own research.  Furthermore, the program […]

Carbono Project: How Tropical rain forest are affected by global climate change

Important Research at La Selva: How Tropical rain forest are affected by global climate change By Dr. David Clark and Dr. Deborah Clark. Tropical rain forests (TRF) contain a significant portion of the world’s plant and animal species and also store massive amounts of carbon.  How these ecosystems are affected by global climate change will […]

XXXIV Christmas Count Bird at La Selva

On December 15th 2018, we had the 34th Christmas Bird Count in La Selva. This is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere performed annually by volunteer birdwatchers. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology, though many people participate for recreation. The Christmas bird count began in […]