Rice University
BioSciences at Rice

EBIO 319 - Tropical Field Biology

Instructors: Distribution Group III
Scott Solomon Credits: 2.00 (Summer I)
Adrienne MS Correa Course dates: May 15 - 29, 2018

Application deadline: January 19, 2018

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This course consists of a 2-week trip to Belize to examine first-hand the biology of the two most diverse ecosystems on earth: the coral reef and the tropical rainforest. Days will be spent in the field making observations and collecting data; lectures in the evenings will cover topics including diversity of tropical organisms and habitats, rainforest ecology, coral reef biology, historical biogeography, symbiosis, and conservation of tropical biodiversity. Download the 2018 syllabus here.  

Blog from previous courses, including pictures and videos.


The class will travel together from Houston to Belize. The first part of the course will take place at Glover’s Reef Research Station on a small island in Glover’s Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second part of the course will be spent at Las Cuevas Research Station, a remote rainforest camp located in Chiquibul National Forest on the mainland. Accommodations at both field stations will be rustic, with dorm-style rooms, shared bathrooms and no air-conditioning or hot water. An additional night will be spent at the Tropical Education Center, an eco lodge located in a tropical savanna. Transportation between sites will be by private bus or boat.


Rice University tuition for this course is $2,000. An additional course fee of $2,500** covers the costs of all student transportation costs, including international airfare, local transportation, accommodations, meals, site fees, licensed marine guides, and taxes. The non-refundable course fee is due by February 15, 2018. Other expenses not included in the trip cost include personal gear, vaccinations, medications, and any other personal expenses.
**Any student who is unable to pay the tuition or course fee should speak to the instructors.


Selection of students for the course is determined through a rolling application process, which includes an interview with the instructors. While a background in biology is desirable (including EBIO 124 or 202 and EBIO 213), individuals lacking this background but having a special interest in the tropics are encouraged to enroll. Your signed application must be submitted to the instructors (either personally, or to their department mailboxes in W100 GRB Hall) by January 19, 2018 at 5 PM.