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Subject: Undergraduate workshop: Tropical biology and conservation, Gabon

The Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CAB-Alliance) is pleased to announce a three week undergraduate field course in tropical biology and conservation from July 14th to August 4th (2014) in Gabon. All classroom activities will be held at the Université des Sciences et Techniques de Masuku in Franceville, and field work will be conducted at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s training center in the Lopé National Park. A ten-week online seminar will also be provided to all successful applicants prior to their departure.

Course information and application forms can be found on the following website:

Application deadline: Friday December 6th, 2013

More information on CAB-Alliance can be found at:

Course objectives:

This course will provide an introduction to tropical field biology and field research methods. U.S. and Gabon participants will work collaboratively to design an independent research project, collect and analyze field data, and present their findings as a research paper and oral presentation to other team members.

Course content:

* Principles of tropical ecology and evolution
* Natural history of study organisms
* Sampling design and methods
* Navigation skills in the forest
* Statistical analysis of ecological and genetic data
* An introduction to DNA barcoding
* Ecological niche modeling and GIS analysis


Currently registered as an undergraduate at a U.S. institution
Minimum GPA of 2.7
One semester of sophomore level ecology or evolutionary biology
One semester of college-level French (can be taken in Spring 2014)
Hold a valid passport and Gabon visa
Obtain all necessary vaccinations
Enjoy working in a multi-cultural setting
Able to work under physically strenuous conditions
All travel expenses (flight, lodging, meals) will be covered.

This course is optionally available for four credits (applicable course fees apply). All successful applicants will be required to pay a nominal registration fee.

For more information please contact:

Nicola Anthony <>
Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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