Author: field-notes

There’s No Place Like Palo Verde

Ella Zhao Emory University Tropical Biology in Costa Rica - Summer 2019 That's me on the far left trying to stay warm in the high altitude of the Páramo Palo Verde, light of my life, fire of my mind. My agony, my ecstasy (not the drug). Pa-loh-vur-dey: the tip of...

South Africa in 100 Days

Terrance Mitchell Tuskegee University African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2019 Here I am enjoying the sunset in Cape Town, with Table Mountain behind me. The last 100 days traveling around South Africa has been an experience I will never forget! I have seen and done so...

Lessons from the Road

Scott Dai George Washington University African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2019 As an OTS student, I’m exposed to unique experiences I wouldn’t really get in a typical college class. And with these unique experiences, there are many lessons that have been taught to me throughout the...

Challenging an Introvert

Jessica Rehmann Washington University in St. Louis African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2019 Here I am enjoying a leisurely hike in the Nylsvley Nature Reserve. I dreaded the days leading up to my flight from the comforts of home, to go across the world to a...

Skukuza – the First Taste of Kruger!

Dr. Lisa Nupen OTS Resident Lecturer African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa Lisa Nupen, Ph.D After making the long trip from Nylsvley the students finally arrived at one of the jewels on Africa’s protected area crown – the spectacular Kruger National Park. This is OTS South Africa’s main base...

The Perfect Way to Start

Olivia Lloyd College of the Holy Cross African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2019 That's me taking in the views from a lookout tower. I’ve been in South Africa for exactly 2 weeks now but it feels like I’ve been here for 2 months. It could be because...

First Day of Field Work in South Africa

Nia Dubon-Robinson Emory University African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2018 Here I am cheesing in front of an epic view at the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, aka "God' Window". A long day in the field calls for a nice shower. The temperature of the water...

Life in Nylsvley Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park

Emma Waltman Washington University in St. Louis African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2018 “Big Tree Huggers” LRP team at one of our marula plots. From left: Issac our SANParks game guard, Roulin ”Eudora” Miao, Jonathan Plaistowe, Emma Waltman (me), and Austin Strayhorn. The second leg of...

Launching into Research

Dr. Tara Massad OTS Resident Lecturer African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2018 Tara Massad, Ph.D The last ten days of the course have been packed with new skills and challenges. The students spent acouple productive days in the classroom to learn basic statistics and become familiar...

Unforgettable Experience in Costa Rica

Sarah Sampson Colgate University Tropical Diseases, Environmental Change, & Human Health in Costa Rica - Fall 2017 Here I am taking in the rainforest on a trail at La Sevla Biological Station. This past semester in Costa Rica was an unforgettable experience. From being in a new environment andbeing immersed...