OTS is proud to present the TropTalks online science seminars series. We will bring cutting edge scientific research from tropical and subtropical systems to the screens of our global community. These short online talks will feature some of the most prominent names in biology, ecology and other related fields.

If you are interested in sponsoring a TropTalks presentation or series, please contact Brooks Bonner.

Keystone: Our most distinguished series invites prominent scientists from the OTS community to share their work and research. This exclusive series will be longer in length, and with a greater emphasis on research and answering questions by guests. This series will occur quarterly. For more information about upcoming episodes of the Keystone series, please contact Brooks Bonner.

Stories from the Field: Catch up on the latest from OTS’ field courses, faculty, as well as recent alumni conducting cutting-edge research. Invited speakers will include resident researchers at OTS Field Stations, program faculty and other invited guests. This series aims to engage OTS science pioneers, the next generation of researchers, and emerging scientists. This is a great way for prospective students and the broader community to learn about specific OTS courses, the skills students learn, and how it is all connected.  See below for the next scheduled episodes of Stories from the Field, and scroll to the bottom of the page to get notified about upcoming TropTalks.

Stories from the Field: Making a Scientific Contribution Abroad by Laurence Kruger

Thursday, October 13th, 2022 @ 8pm EDT

The Organization for Tropical Studies is the only U.S.-based study abroad program located inside Kruger National Park, South Africa’s oldest and largest protected area. Get a first-hand look at this dynamic, life-changing undergraduate study abroad program through this virtual talk. From the rural communities of HaMakuya, to the cliffs of Table Mountain near Cape Town, to the wild savannas of Kruger, see how students make a difference by making significant scientific contributions by participating in long-term research projects, then conducting their own capstone project at the conclusion of the semester.

International Day of the Tropics: featuring Peter Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 @ 7:00PM EDT

This year the Organization for Tropical Studies and the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation will celebrate the International Day of the Tropics together. On June 29th at 7PM EDT, we will co-host an episode of TropTalks featuring Peter Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden. This event will be followed by a Q&A session and opportunity for discussion.

Stories from the Field: Frogs in the Age of Extinction by Sofia Rodriguez-Brenes

Thursday, February 18th, 202

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We are in the midst of a mass extinction event whose effects are being felt in our own lifetimes. Extinctions due to a myriad of reasons are common, and some are even well documented. In this talk we will discuss the non-lethal effects of chytridiomycosis, and what long term studies can tell us about amphibian population declines. We will also learn about exciting projects students can be a part of during our field courses in Costa Rica!

Stories from the Field: Avian Haemoparasite in Kruger NP by Tino Pori

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

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The drivers and implications of avian haemoparasite infection in wild birds are complicated to understand and predict, especially in areas where infections are endemic and the parasites have co-evolved together with their hosts. Hear about the drivers of the prevalence of avian haemoparasite infections in the Kruger National Park and their impact on host immune response.

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