|Tropical Plant Systematics in Panama City and Bocas del Toro|
The Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University will be traveling to Panama City, Bocas del Toro for an intensive examination of about 110 tropical vascular plant families and 120 common ecologically or economically important genera and species. Over the course of the program, students will become proficient in sight identification of about 85 diverse tropical vascular plant families and have basic knowledge of another two dozen. Small groups of students will be rotated through a half-day tree climbing experience with world-renowned professional tree climber Joe Maher, a regular instructor at the ITEC station. This will provide students with a unique perspective on biological diversity in the tree canopy. Students will also prepare specimen collections and make labels for them as part of a group service project, with specimens donated to the Smithsonian Institution's Tropical Institute Herbarium at the end of the course.
Bocas Del Toro is a region with extraordinary biological diversity, largely intact rainforest cover over the region and a wealth of nearby terrestrial and aquatic environments. The marine environments rank as some of the most diverse in the world and are outstanding for snorkeling.
Students must be in good academic and judicial standing. Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Click here to read the entire judicial policy.
This program does not accept Non-Ohio University students.
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