Alumni Profile: Jen Ryan

SFS alumna Jen (Loose) Ryan Costa Rica Spring ’94 learned a lot from riding the buses through Central America, even if she did not realize it at the time. “Looking at the massive erosion from certain agricultural practices gave me a sense of how important good environmental laws and regulations are. I saw for myself [...]

Lowland Hummingbirds Are Moving Up… Is Global Warming the Culprit?

Name: Gerardo Avalos, Ph.D. Position: Center Director Program: Sustainable Development Studies, Costa Rica     Dr. Avalos will be submitting this observation as a scientific note for publication. One of the most evident and immediate consequences of global warming is the rapid shift in distribution ranges of plant and animal species. There is recent highland [...]

Costa Rica’s Tropical Ecosystems, Hands-On

Dr. Gerardo Avalos Center Director SFS Sustainable Development Studies      We kicked off the Spring Semester 2010 with a very exciting first field trip that immersed the students and staff into the realm of tropical rainforest biodiversity in Braulio Carrillo National Park. There, we did orientation hikes, and talked about tropical ecology of plant-herbivore [...]


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