primate behavior and ecology in ometepe, nicaragua

This course is designed to be an extensive look at how primates adapt to their ecosystems both by physical characteristics and by various means of behavior.  The course is held at Maderas Rainforest Conservancy's field station in Ometepe, Nicaragua.

Fast Facts

 

Program Type:Faculty-led
Term/Duration:Intersession; 2 weeks
Intersession 2012/2013 Dates:NOT OFFERED 2012/2013
Credits:3
Application Fee:$20.00
Program Fees:Payable directly to Maderas Rainforest Conservancy
Tuition:$696 NYS Residents; $1854 Out-of-State Residents
Application Deadline:October 1

 

The Program

This program is designed to be an extensive look at how primates adapt to their ecosystems both by physical characteristics and by various means of behavior.  This program will also give students experience and training doing primate ethology in the field.  Students in this program will have the unique ability to experience the ecosystem these animals live in.  Through this, students will better understand both the structural and behavioral adaptations made by the primates studied.  Students will learn rain forest ecology and see how the ecosystem is delicately balanced with each species carving out a special niche.  In this course, we will be covering the basic tenants of primatology in lectures and combining this with field research.  Students will learn field research techniques as they related to studying primates in the wild.  Students will also create their own research projects which they will complete by the end of class.

The Course

For this course, students at Geneseo will be registered fo ANTH 323 Primate Field School: Standard methods of primatological research applied in the field, including research design and data collection.  Data collection may be conducted at various research sites.  Topics to be considered primarily fall into the categories of primate behavior and ecology.  

The Location

The Ometepe Biological Station is in Isla de Ometepe.  Ometepe is an island of 276 square kilometers lying in Lake Nicaragua.  It is the largest Volcanic island in the world situated in a fresh water lake.  There are two forested volcanoes on the island.  One called Maderas raises 1400 meters above the lake.  The other, Concepción, reaches a height of nearly 1700 meters.  

Ometepe is situated in southeastern Nicaragua and has a population of 30,000 people.  The majority of the people who live on the island are of Indian ancestry.  The word Ometepe is a Nahuatl word that means "land of two volcanoes" (Nahuatl is a language spoken by the ancient Aztecs and their descendants).  Crater lakes, beautiful streams with cascading waterfalls, cloud forests, and lowland dry forests are found on the island.