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Suriname Program - BIOL/EVRN 530/531

Friday, October 19, 2018

BIOL/EVRN 530/531

Biodiversity Discovery & Assessment

Tropical Fieldwork in Biodiversity Discovery

This pair of spring semester courses combine lectures, labs, and a study-abroad experience to teach the fundamentals of how biodiversity is measured and compared and how new species are described. In Spring 2019, the 10-day Study Abroad component will be held in Suriname, a small country on the Atlantic coast of South America. Students will spend several days in the capital Paramaribo and 7 days at a remote field site in lowland tropical rainforest within one of the largest protected areas in Amazonia. Fieldwork conditions will be extremely rugged and primitive. Hiking several miles may be required some days. The course is heavily subsidized by a grant from the National Science Foundation, which will cover all in-country expenses.

Deadline to apply for the Study Abroad course (BIOL 531) is November 15 and has a limited enrollment of 6 students.  Students can enroll in BIOL 530 (a regular semester class held on campus) without taking the study abroad component. More information can be found here:


Those interested in the study abroad course are encouraged to contact Dr. Andrew Short (aezshort@ku.edu) as soon as possible.

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