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 [...]

Exploring Coastal Ecosystems

Name: Annemarie Kramer, Dr. rer. nat. Position: Resident Lecturer in Tropical Coastal Ecology Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama Exploration of the beautiful and diverse Bocas del Toro archipelago continues during our third program week. Besides visiting the locals in their communities and getting to know the forest on Solarte Island, we started [...]

Time is Starting to Fly By

Name: Gavin Lewis School: Villanova University Major: Environmental Science Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies, Panama I’ve always played with the idea of writing a blog but I never expected it to be so stressful. I must note that I am even writing this on the tropical island of Solarte, in Bocas del Toro, [...]

Spring Semester Kicks Off

Name: John Williams, Ph.D. Position: Resident Lecturer in Principles of Natural Resources Management Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies, Panama In the footsteps of last week’s Super Bowl, we had a great kick-off to our semester at SFS Panama. An auspicious start, the students and their luggage arrived together, and we spent a chock-full [...]

First Impressions of SFS Panama

Name: Meredith Bower School: University of Maryland, College Park Major: Environmental Science and Policy Program: Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies, Panama Why did you choose to study abroad with SFS? I always knew that I wanted to study abroad, and when I came across The School for Field Studies it was like a dream [...]

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