Costa Rica 2017
For our 9th student expedition, we spent mid-winter break 2017 in Costa Rica! With its huge range of plants, birds, and other animals, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth. We were guided by Earthwatch scientists as we untangled the complex relationships between caterpillars, the plants they eat, the parasitoids that eat them, and the changes in climate that are reshaping the rain forest. We had a blast as we searched for caterpillars, analyzed herbivore activity on leaves and explored the incredible biodiversity at the La Selva research station. Be sure to check out the Mannequin Challenge video we made while at the field site!