This 3 credit Sterling College field study program is an opportunity for Sterling College students to diversify their northern Sterling experience with an intensive field course in Belize, a tropical Central American country. This research oriented course builds on skills learned at Sterling College and allows students to implement these skills in a tropical ecosystem. A one credit Introduction to Tropical Ecosystems class is offered during the fall semester and is recommended for participation in this field study program. Partnering with local non-profit biological research stations, Sterling students have the opportunity to explore the impacts of land use on the Monkey River watershed and a coral reef.
- To develop an understanding of the various components of a tropical watershed: biological, chemical, physical, and cultural.
To observe the effects of human use patterns on tropical streams, soils, natural plant and animal communities, and the coral reef.
To understand what influences the process of decision-making by the Government of Belize, conservation organizations, and other NGOs with regard to regulating the use and conservation of natural and cultural resources.
To compare all aspects of a tropical watershed with those of a temperate watershed.
Research in Tropical Ecosystems is open to non-Sterling students – please contact faculty advisor Farley Brown for program details or the Sterling Admission office for application information.