Excitement and Curiosity

Name: Cinda Scott, Ph.D. Position: Center Director Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Panama The Fall 2014 Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies (TIBS) cohort arrived in Panama City filled with excitement and curiosity. We quickly made our way from the hustle and bustle of the city to the lush jungles of Gamboa to begin our orientation. On [...]

Final Impressions of SFS Panama

Name: Meredith Bower School: University of Maryland, College Park Major: Environmental Science and Policy Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies,  Panama What did you like most about the SFS experience? I realized just yesterday that nothing will ever compare to the feeling of riding on a boat between islands, staring at the rainforests and beaches in [...]

Goodbye to Isla Solarte

Name: John Williams, Ph.D. Position: Resident Lecturer in Principles of Natural Resources Management Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies, Panama As the students packed up their bags and get ready to leave the SFS Center for Panama City, there was a swirl of emotions, from sighs of relief of having made it through a semester chock-full [...]

Finals, Tamales, and Polo Beach

Name: Eila Miller School: Franklin & Marshall College Major: Environmental Science Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama We have been talking a lot about our new “normal” here at Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies (“TIBS”).  It is amazing how quickly one can adapt to a new environment and feel so comfortable in [...]

Gentle Giants

Name: Annemarie Kramer, Dr. rer. nat. Position: Resident Lecturer in Tropical Coastal Ecology Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama Our field trip this weekend was certainly one of the highlights this semester. We took a boat from our center in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago to mainland Panama to explore our surroundings more [...]

Volcán Barú, Banana Farms, and Manatees

Name: Laura Robison School: Ohio Wesleyan University Major: Animal Science/Zoology Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama We only have about one month of the program left. As I reflect on the semester so far I think about the things that have made it so amazing. I think of the community we have formed [...]

A Big and Beautiful Forest

Name: Maria Musgrave School: University of Redlands Major: Environmental Science Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama “There was once a big and beautiful forest where many animals lived. One day a fire started in the forest. It burned uncontrollably and grew quickly. Only a single tiny bird started to fly to the water, [...]

Learning, Synthesizing, and Integrating

Name: John Williams, Ph.D. Position: Resident Lecturer in Principles of Natural Resources Management Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama With the mid-semester break coming up, we are reminded how quickly the semester is flying by. At the same time, if we stop to think about it for a minute, we can compare a [...]

Rich in Cultural Heritage and Ecological Diversity

Name: Kimberly Ovitz Position: Student Affairs Intern Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama Since the onset of the Tropical Island and Biodiversity program in Bocas del Toro Panama, I have had the privilege of attending and assisting students in our Environmental Policy course. Professor Julie Robinson has developed an exciting introduction to local [...]

Carnival, Midterms, and Surfing

Name: Olivia Bourque School: Clark University Major: Environmental Science Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama I think everyone here at SFS Panama would agree that this past week in Bocas was certainly an eventful one. Carnival celebrations began on the first weekend of March as more and more visitors started showing up to [...]

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