Researchers

OTS seeks to drive scientific discovery by supporting researchers at our research stations and other sites around our host countries.

Five decades of highly productive research at OTS sites has generated over 5,000 publications. We foster an international research community of established and emerging tropical scientists. OTS provides unique conditions at our field stations to help scientists and students get the most out of their research experience. OTS stations provide the ideal conditions to allow scientists to focus on their research. We offer assistance with permits, laboratory space, and other logistical details.

Knowledge accumulated by hundreds of scientists at our sites allows new researchers to formulate complex research that requires an existing knowledge base of natural history and historical data. The stations also provide a unique environment to engage with other scientists and become part of a knowledge-generating community.

All OTS stations are located either in National Parks or on properties owned by OTS, thus ensuring the safety of research sites. OTS stations are also the ideal home base to delve into surrounding landscapes to address large-scale questions.

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Research Sites

OTS has research stations located in both Costa Rica and South Africa.

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Plan Research at OTS

OTS facilitates the process of getting your research into the field efficiently. The steps to take vary by country.

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Permits

Research permits are required by the Costa Rica Ministry of the Environment and Energy (MINAE) for research conducted anywhere in the country.

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Manage Research

If you already have ongoing research at OTS, access the Research Database to update information, change dates, add new information, or make reservations.

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Internships

OTS has an internship program at our three research stations in Costa Rica: Las Cruces Research Station & Wilson Botanical Garden, La Selva Research Station and Palo Verde Research Station.

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Information Resources

Biotic and abiotic information about OTS research stations in Costa Rica are available. We have organized the following sections by information type.

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