Important-because of COVID, trip may be becancelled either by UVM or because Costa Rica is not open to U.S. Visitors
so far so good, May 15, 2021
led by Michael Sundue (Michael.Sundue@uvm.edu) and Dave Barrington (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. to compare the diversity of flowering plants and ferns in a diversity of tropical American forest types to be encountered in Costa Rica, including as many moisture and temperature regimes as possible.
2. to appreciate the relationship between the Costa Rican people and their landscape.
The overall goal of the course is to study tropical
flowering plant diversity as it relates to variety of
forest types in Costa Rica. Our activity in each of the
forests will be as follows. We will survey the forest for
flowering-plant and fern diversity, assembling a list of
plants to the genus level. We will dissect flowers and
fruits on site to teach the morphology and taxonomy
of tropical flowering plants; from this activity, we will
build a working knowledge of the field recognition
characters useful for identifying tropical plants. We
emphasize field recognition of flowering-plant families,
because this training is transportable to any other
tropical forest in the world.
(Cited forest types are those of the Holdridge Life Zone System.)
Cerro de la Muerte: high montane rain páramo and high montane wet forest dominated by oak species - mixture of Andean and Cordilleran Western North American elements - many familiar genera. Simple lodging in a roadside restaurant and rooming house.
three forst types! Premontane and lower montane wet forest
and rain forest (the classic cloud forest of the media)
rich in exotic species of all types, dominated by figs,
avocados, etc. Lodging and meals at a biological reserve
above the town, at the edge of original forest.
Osa (Corcovado): tropical rain forest with Amazonian affinities - including legumes, brazilnut family, Bombacaceae etc etc - hike into the national park along the beach with a guide and camp on the beach, explore the forest from the beach.
Rosa (Guanacaste): tropical (=sea-level) moist
forest dominated by legume trees, Sapindales, etc;
evergreen but seasonally very dry (some trees are
deciduous). At the coast itself there are small tracts of
true tropical dry forest, mangrove associations, seabeach
flora, and other coastal plant associations. Camping at a
national park with running water and cold showers.
Overall cost estimate is $1400 in country, all expenses included. Airfare is extra. The $1400 includes your share of the van in Costa Rica, room and board. It does not include the cost of gifts and the like. Some financial support may be available, not likely.
|FIRST DRAFT OF ITINERARY FOR THE 2022 TRIP
The PBIO 232 Course: s
|Meetings: those who
are able (that is at UVM) will meet several times during
fall 2021 before the trip to go over the science and
logistics of the experience.
must arrange your own air transportation to and from Costa
Rica -- do this AS EARLY AS
POSSIBLE. I will make
arrangements so that once you arrive in the country, your
rendezvous with the group is easy. You will be responsible
for seeking your own health advice for the trip, but will
find comfort in knowing that we have had no major health
problem in 21 previous trips. Costa Rica remains a
safe places to travel, and we are expert in reducing the
health and safety risks Your personal equipment will need to
be compact but not spartan, no backpacking with all
equipment required but plan for walking with a fairly good
load for a mile.
What to do if you want to go:
You must have taken Plant Biology 109 (offered both summer or fall) or an equivalent introductory plant systematics course to go (dendrology is also adequate preparation). Ask to be put on our list of participants at any time (email, email@example.com), first come first serve with certain restrictions. These are - first priority goes to anyone who has taken Plant Biology 241 (next offered, fall of 2021), then UVM undergraduates, then UVM graduate students. Others encouraged to inquire, especially from other universities. Two to three spaces reserved for others who will add to the trip experience. Total group size is about 20.