OTS is the premier organization for education and training in tropical ecology, and a pioneer of hands-on, experiential learning. Duke University in collaboration with the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) offers semester and summer programs in field ecology, environmental science and global health for undergraduates. All OTS courses take you out of the classroom and put you into the field or community so that you learn-by-doing while working closely with your highly qualified academic faculty and local experts. In all OTS programs students meet researchers, conservationists and other local stakeholders, and develop skills that help them to explore the world around them, grow as people and pursue careers in tropical ecology, human disease dynamics, resource management, global health or other fields.
A Springboard into the Future
Students past and present frequently comment on the variety of ways that their OTS course has shaped them both personally and professionally – often in surprising ways. In addition to learning a great deal about their academic topics, students explore and gain confidence in their own abilities. OTS counts several Fulbright and Watson fellows among its Undergraduate Programs alumni. Many former OTS students are now in graduate school pursuing degrees in ecology and policy, and others have continued on paths to medical school or graduate studies in other fields. Whatever your final professional destination, your OTS program is bound to have a lasting impact on the way you see the interplay between ecology, conservation, health and culture in the developing world.
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Programs are collaboratively offered by Duke University and OTS.
The Duke role in the Program is to enroll students, collect tuition and fees, and award credit for successful completion of the Program. The OTS role in the Program is to operate the Program, in its entirety, including preparing the students for travel to Costa Rica or South Africa and on the ground in Costa Rica or South Africa.
All undergraduate OTS programs offer course credit from Duke University. Through close cooperation with Duke, OTS applies its long history of excellence in graduate education to create an exciting and rigorous program for undergraduates interested in tropical field ecology and conservation. Students who attend OTS undergraduate programs enroll at Duke University, with the exception of NSF-funded REU and NAPIRE programs.
The faculty for our programs are experienced ecologists or physicians with decades of experience in field teaching. As a student in our programs, you will learn, eat, work, laugh, and travel together and get to know each one of them very well. Students generally stay in contact with their OTS professors for years after the program.
Ph.D. Population Biology. University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Deinert studies sexual selection and population ecology in a tropical butterfly, Heliconius Hewitsoni. She has also studied the behavioral ecology of wild turkeys and poison- dart frogs. In addition, she has worked on evaluating butterfly farming as a cottage industry.
African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa
Laurence Möhr Kruger, Ph.D
Dr Mduduzi Ndlovu Karen Vickers
Dr Kristi Maciejewski Donovan Tye
Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change and Human Health in Costa Rica
Dr. Hanselmann´s research interests lie in the interplay between human, animal, and environmental health. In her dissertation work, she combined her background in veterinary medicine and epidemiology with her more recent training in disease ecology. Specifically, she examined the link between intensive forest management effects on wild rodent immunity and the presence of infectious diseases in these animals. She seeks to apply the knowledge gained with this research to global questions concerning wildlife health and conservation, while also contributing to the education of future scientists and veterinarians by involving undergraduate and veterinary students in her research.
Dr. Lopez has worked on medical attention through the health promotion, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of sicknesses, as part of the health team at different levels, with the purpose of solving the main health problems that affect individuals or groups, and referring on a timely manner the cases that require urgent attention, applying the medicine based on updated scientific evidence.
Sustainable Development, Universidad de Costa Rica
Ms. Arias is doing her thesis for a Master Degree in Sustainable Development with Emphasis on Natural Resources Conservation. Her future projects are all related with the conservation, study and learning from nature and the environment.