EFB/FOR 523 Tropical Ecology
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY

Course Info
Due to the difficult conditions following Hurricane Maria in Dominica (our usual destination in the Caribbean) we will explore rainforests of the Amazon and high altitude ecosystems of the Andes this year. We will stay at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Ecuador where rainforests are among the world's most biodiverse.
Tiputini Biodiversity Station Information: Click here
Ecuador Biodiversity Project: Click here
Procedure to register: Click here
Field trip brochure and Reservation form: Spring 2018 (use this reservation form and watch for itinerary updates)
Course syllabus & Travel info: Syllabus-Spring 2018 // Ecuador Field Itinerary // Travel info & packing list
Jeremy Frenzel Scholarship: available for one of the registered students [competitive]

Instructors: Donald Stewart and Martin Dovciak

Blackboard course site: Click here for lectures & readings (access for registered students only)


Learn Tropical Ecology on a Caribbean island over Spring break (not offered in 2018). We will discuss the principles of tropical ecology, resource management and island biogeography in weekly class meetings and during an intensive field study over Spring Break on the Caribbean island of Dominica. We will explore theories for high biological diversity in the tropics and discuss the ecology, sustainable use and conservation of tropical terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. While in Dominica, we will be based at the Archbold Tropical Research and Education Center of Clemson University, only a short drive from the capitol city of Roseau and Trois Pittons National Park. The field trips to diverse tropical settings include lush tropical rain forests, elfin cloud forests, crater lakes, brackish wetlands, whale watching, and snorkling in crystal-clear waters of coral reefs and freshwater streams. The ability to swim and additional fee for travel and lodging in Dominica are required. Prerequisites: one year of college biology and a course in general ecology. [3 credits; counts toward EFB field experience]

Video features on Dominica and the Archbold Tropical Research and Education Center:

Plants and Wildlife commonly observed on field trips in Dominica.
Some of the field trip destinations and habitats explored in Dominica:
Coastline with coastal shelf containing productive fisheries and coral reefs
Deep waters near the shore provide sperm whale habitat
Littoral forest clinging to the cliffs on the Atlantic coast
Coconut palm grove along the brackish stretch of the Indian river
Elfin cloud forest, Morne Trois Pitons National Park
Class in front of a large Sloanea tree in the Syndicate rainforest
Dry tropical forest on the Caribbean coast, Cabrits National Park
Hand made baskets at the old city market in Roseau
Class on a sandy beach at the Layou river estuary

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