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Costa Rican Course

IMG_8161aHere in Costa Rica I’m teaching on the field course with my highly knowledgable colleagues from the University of Manchester. Between us, and Alex Villegas, our Costa Rican bird specialist, we have almost all things covered. Apart from our students learning all about the flora and fauna, we too are learning lots from each other about our specialist subjects. We have a great team, and this year we also have great students, which is making the whole trip extremely enjoyable for all.

Whilst based at the Turrialtico we have been visiting local conservation initiatives, including night walks at the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Centre and today at CATIE, the largest agricultural college in Central America, where the students even got to chill out (literally at -15C) in the seed bank.


Neotropical weevil (c) Andrew Gray

Insects have dominated the first part of the course, with Dmitri our invertebrate specialist (Curator of Entomology at the Museum) and who is a world spider expert. We have had moth traps up at night and daytime searches for invertebrates of every shape, size and colour. He has taught us all so much already – and its been wonderful to have a glimpse into another zoological world!


The world of insects is an amazing one, and if you would like to find out more about Dmitri’s work and the wonderful invertebrate collection of Manchester Museum please visit his own great blog:

Entomology Manchester


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