Study Away students are currently studying in Costa Rica with MSU West Plains professor, Ana Estrella-Riollano. During their time in Costa Rica, participants will be in contact with the environmental, scientific, and cultural characteristics of the region. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the ecology, environmental threats of the tropical regions, importance of water quality assessments, and agricultural sustainability. They will have the opportunity to learn about the ecology of the leatherback sea turtle (endangered species) during their Caribbean coast visit.
Throughout the program, students will partake in more than 15 hours of service learning while patrolling the beach monitoring sea turtle nesting activity. They will develop a better understanding of the population trends and the anthropological impacts in marine environments. All data collected during these patrols will be used by researchers to improve leatherback conservation efforts in this region and around the world.
Check out the pictures they’ve shared with us! Visit our webpage today to start your Study Away adventure today!