Tropical Field Ecology in Guatemala

Tropical Field Ecology in Guatemala

Summer I 2020

Dates: April 22 – May 4, 2020

Walk on the wild side with a hands-on trip to Guatemala. Students will explore the region’s tropical ecosystems through a three-credit, field-based course in Tropical Field Ecology (BIO 3333). The goal of the two-week long field-based course is to expose students to the diverse ecosystems of the tropics including rainforests, mangrove wetlands, flood plains, rivers, and tropical dry forests.

Supported by a 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant from the Partners for the Americas foundation, students will learn about freshwater management in a critical ecosystem, explore ancient Mayan ruins hidden in the jungle, and hear from indigenous communities how climate change is affecting their lifestyle, all while experiencing the beauty and biodiversity of this small but amazing country.

Students will experience biological preserves in different regions of the country, including Antigua, Atitlán, Río Dulce, and Tikal. Program cost includes round-trip flights, all transportation and accommodation, all entrance fees and educational activities, and most meals.

Following the group’s return to Michigan, a group of students from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala will come to OU for a similar experience in the Great Lakes Region. Participants on this program are encouraged to reconnect with the Guatemalan students while they are here, undertaking biological research in OU’s campus preserve and at other sites throughout Michigan.

Deposit (Due February 1, 2020) $500
First Installment (Due March 1, 2020) $1,000
Second Installment (Due April 1, 2020) $1,000
Third Installment (Due April 15, 2020) $500
Total Program Charges $3,000

For more information, visit the program website, or contact Dr. Scott Tiegs by e-mail at

All payments are non-refundable except in case of emergency or program cancellation. Requests for refunds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.