OTS Publications

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Why the Tropics?

Home to more than 80% of earth’s biodiversity.
Source of many common products in daily life.
Anchor of the world’s climate.
A region facing rapid and destructive change.

Strategic Plan 2006-2016

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is an internationally recognized, not-for-profit consortium of over 60 universities, colleges, and research institutions from throughout the United States, Latin America, South Africa, and Australia. Founded in 1963, OTS provides innovative, field-based training in tropical studies for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. The Organization also facilitates research on tropical ecosystems, and engages in programs which support the responsible use of natural resources. OTS operates three premier research stations in Costa Rica: La Selva Biological Station in the Atlantic lowland rainforest; Palo Verde Biological Station in the Pacific deciduous dry forest; and Las Cruces Biological Station in the premontane forest near the Panamanian border.

  • OTS Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020 (View PDF)
  • OTS Strategic Plan 2006 – 2016 (View PDF)

The Amigos Newsletter is a biannual publication of the Las Cruces Biological Station and Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden, offering Friends of OTS’ field station in San Vito (southwestern Costa Rica) botanical news, articles by biologists on locally-based research, and human interest accounts about life in a rural Costa Rican community.

  • N90 Dec 2018 (PDF), N89 May 2018 (PDF)
  • N88 Nov 2017 (PDF), N87 May 2017 (PDF)
  • N86 Nov 2016 (PDF), N85 May 2016 (PDF)
  • N84 Nov 2015 (PDF), N83 May 2015 (PDF)
  • N82 Nov 2014 (PDF), N81 May 2014 (PDF)
  • N80 Nov 2013 (PDF), N79 May 2013 (PDF)
  • N78 Nov 2012 (PDF), N77 May 2012 (PDF)
  • N76 Nov 2011 (PDF), N75 May 2011 (PDF)
  • N74 Nov 2010 (PDF), N73 May 2010 (PDF)
  • N72 Nov 2009 (PDF), N71 May 2009 (PDF)
  • N70 Nov 2008 (PDF), N69 May 2008 (PDF)
  • N68 Nov 2007 (PDF), N67 May 2007 (PDF)
  • N66 Nov 2006 (PDF), N65 May 2006 (PDF)
  • N64 Nov 2005 (PDF), N63 May 2005 (PDF)
  • N56 Sep 2001 (PDF), N55 April 2001 (PDF)
  • N53 April 2000 (PDF), N51 May 1999 (Link)
  • N50 Nov 1998 (Link), N49 May 1998 (Link)

40th Anniversary – Symposium

Information about the symposium including an OTS timeline over 40 years of education, research, and conservation in the tropics, speaker abstracts, and poster abstracts.

  • 40th Anniversary – Symposium, April 2003 (View PDF)

Manual of Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Groups in Ecology and the Environmental Sciences

The Manual of Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Groups in Ecology and the Environmental Sciences was developed by the OTS Advisory Committee for Academic Diversity and funded by the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program within the U.S. National Science Foundation. The Manual of Best Practices is a reference guide for exploring the factors influencing African American, Hispanic American, and Native American students entry and persistence in ecology and environmental sciences and highlights OTS and other programs that promote identification, recruitment, and retention of students from underrepresented groups in the sciences who pursue advanced degrees in these disciplines.

  • OTS Manual of Best Practices (View PDF)

View From the Canopy

View from the Canopy is a printed newsletter produced by the Development Office as a benefit to our members.

  • Vol. 2017, Issue One (PDF)
  • Vol. 2016, Issue One (PDF)
  • Vol. 2014, Issue One (PDF)
  • Vol. 2013, Issue 50th Anniversary (PDF)
  • Vol. 2012, Issue One (PDF), Vol. 2012, Issue Two (PDF)
  • Vol. 2011, Issue One (PDF), Vol. 2011, Issue Two (PDF), Vol. 2011, Issue Three (PDF), Vol. 2011, Issue Four (PDF)
  • Vol. 2010, Issue One (PDF), Vol. 2010, Issue Two (PDF), Vol. 2010, Issue Three (PDF)
  • Vol. 2009, Issue One (PDF), Vol. 2009, Issue Two (PDF)
  • Vol. 2008, Issue Two (PDF), Vol. 2008, Issue Three (PDF)
  • Vol. 2007, Issue Two (PDF)