OTS News

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: OTS Tropical Ecology & Conservation Spring 2019

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 […]