The University of Georgia Costa Rica 2014-2015 Sustainability Report UGA Costa Rica 2014 - 2015 Sustainability Report - Page 30

61 UGA Costa Rica has hosted up to 61 different groups from the around the world. A wide variety of disciplines are represented in UGA programs, and while not all courses offered are centered on sustainability, all integrate Costa Rican ecology and culture into the curriculum through experiential education activities. Programs combine both theoretical knowledge and applied fieldwork, which is custom tailored for each course. For example, as part of an Ecology course led by Dr. Quint Newcomer, Kyushu University students used the WorldWatch Institute’s 2013 State of the World Report to study sustainability challenges facing the world, discussed the perception of these issues in Japan, and addressed alternatives for handling environmental and social problems. As part of an Anthropology course, UGA professor Pete Brosius led students on a 30-day exploration of the impacts of development on coastal communities on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. In UGA Costa Rica’s longest running program, Tropical Ecology, students study biotic features across the Costa Rican landscape, with a final course symposium showcasing their research. In the 30 University of Georgia Costa Rica Spatial Analysis for Integrative Natural Resource Problem Solving course, offered by the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, students use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to study natural resources in Costa Rica, with each student executing a personal research project. Examples of such research projects include the impact of wind exposure on leaf cutter ant colonies and the relationship between vegetation richness and life zone placement. Overall, students enroll in a variety of courses, ranging from outdoor recreation to political ecology. A critical aspe