Category: Undergraduate

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...

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...

The Best Part of South Africa

Ella HeadDuke University African Ecology & Conservation in South Africa - Spring 2018 That's me on top of a giant termite mound! While I was deciding whether or not I was going to study abroad in South Africa, lots of fears crossed my mind. I worried about all the things...

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...

Diversity on Display

Dennis Bolshakov College of Wooster Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet in Costa Rica - Fall 2017 Here I am taking in the views of the rainforest from a canopy tower. I am a biology major from The College of Wooster in Ohio, United States, and I am currently with...

Homestay in HaMakuya

Blythe Owen Wheaton College African Ecology and Conservation in South Africa - Fall 2017 This week we challenged ourselves to try new things and completely immerse ourselves in an entirely different culture on our homestays in Hamakuya. We were split up into groups of 4 or 5 people and went...

First Impressions Of Costa Rica

Mikayla Kifer Bowdoin College Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet in Costa Rica - Fall 2017 My classmate, Tyus getting up close and personal to a tarantula. For most people, travelling is a way to explore differences. We like to contrast our “normal,” boring lives with something foreign and exciting; the...

Looking Back on Costa Rica

Ryan Davis Grinnell College Tropical Biology on a Changing Planet in Costa Rica, Fall 2014 I have few experiences that I look back upon with such fondness and joy as my semester abroad with the OTS Tropical Biology program in Costa Rica. That's me in front of the many volcanoes...