Together with some of the highly respected Professors from our Faculty of Life Sciences, members of Museum staff have been highly instrumental in helping establish a number of tropical field courses for the University of Manchester. These provide our students with a first-hand opportunity to develop practical fieldwork skills whilst studying a wide variety of flora and fauna in their natural surroundings.
Our tropical field courses typically take place in South and Central American countries, including being held in unexploited areas of rainforest in Ecuador and also conservation areas here in Costa Rica, where I am at the moment. This particular course is a new addition and has been specially designed by Professor Amanda Bamford and I with the aim of providing our students with the best possible learning experience.
The Museum’s distinguished Curator of Entomology, Dr Dmitri Logunov, and FLS’s Deborah Ashworth, have also been heavily involved in developing, supporting, and teaching on the new course over the past couple of weeks.
We have also been lucky enough to be joined by Alex Villegas, our Costa Rican field course representative (pictured right). Alex is also Swarovski’s main agent in Central and South America and so apart from helping with logistics and demonstrating he has provided some top quality equipment for us to make the course even more special: I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alex for all his support and help in so many ways with the field course, he’s been a star.
In the following posts I hope to provide an insight into some of the students’ supervised projects here in Costa Rica, and provide a flavour of what our new field course is providing. I would like to thank the students, Alex, and all who have contributed with their images and video in advance. Here are just some of them:
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