An interdisciplinary field biology course with focus on tropical ecosystems, natural history, and conservation. The ecological complexity of the tropics, the patterns of species diversity and the types of species interactions that characterize these systems are discussed, as well as how these ecological processes are affected by human activities. The approach is experiential with emphasis on developing scientific skills of observations, analysis, and critical thinking, and applying them to field research. Study abroad course. Prerequisites: BIO-110 and BIO-151; or other Lab Science upon permission by instructor.