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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Camden Spring
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Program Description:
The Program
This course will offer biology students the unique opportunity of hands-on experience on ecological processes and natural resource management challenges in a tropical area in Brazil. This area is not only scientifically interesting, but also culturally rich and illustrative of conservation challenges faced by developing countries. This field course on tropical ecology will focus on concepts, study design and field techniques in ecological research studying both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. The course aims to provide students with hands-on experience in: (1) field methods for population, community and ecosystem ecology studies; (2) design and execution independent research; (3) hands-on experience using statistics to evaluate data from their own experiments; (4) experience the tropical rainforest; and (5) cultural experience by interacting with Brazilian researchers and students. The course will combine field ecology labs with an independent project that students will develop in the field, focusing on ecological questions at the population, community and ecosystem level. Readings, short lectures, and class discussions will provide the background for students to design their research projects, and the instructors will help students to carry out their research.

In the coursework leading up to the time spent in Brazil, the students will be exposed to ecological concepts, habitats, and the techniques they will use in the field using the NJ Pine Barrens (Rutgers Pinelands Field Station). This local skill building will not only allow students to learn techniques, but also allow students to make comparisons between temperate and tropical ecosystems. Knowing the field techniques prior to starting work in Brazil will make the students more confident and more productive. This course will be taught in collaboration with the Institute of Biology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. This course will be held at the Center for Ecological Studies in Macae (, field station that contains diverse facilities including laboratories, classrooms, library, and computer rooms.

Program Location(s)
Outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Faculty Director: Dr. Angélica González (, Dr. Amy Savage (, Dr. John Dighton (, Department of Biology
Course Number: 50:120:450, cross-listed with 56:120:551
Course Meeting Dates and Times: TBD

Program Dates
May 2017: Approximately May 11-30, 2017 (subject to change)

Financial Information
Program Cost: TBD

Program Cost Includes
Some meals
HTH Travel Health Insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include
Course Tuition (all Rutgers students must register for the course to participate in this program)
Passport Fee (if you do not have a current, valid passport)
Visa Fee (**All travelers are required to obtain a visa**)
Personal expenses while abroad (including certain meals)

*Please complete all components of the application, including passport number and expiration date.
*Upon completion of this application, the Center for International Programs will register you in the course.
*To withdraw, please contact the Center for International Programs at Remember: once you sign the Camden Statement of Financial Responsibility, you may be responsible for paying the entire cost of the program.