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.
For the young adults on the team, the week without access to technology, internet and communication home in one of the most biologically diverse and awe-inspiring locations on the planet was a life changing experience.
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir, 1911