Introduction to Tropical and Primate Ecology

Instructors: Dr. Falk Huettmann & Kari Heniff
Dates: March 9 to March 19, 2007 (Spring Break)
Program fee: US$925.00

Down payment of a non-refundable registration fee of $400 is required by January 14th 2007. See Course Registration Forms below...


Included in the fee:
· Registration fee for the course
· Scheduled ground transportation to and from Managua airport
· Room and board (shared rooms)
· Three meals per day, all-natural drinks and organic coffee
· Use of Domitila facilities such as trails and scientific ecology library.
· Optional field trip to Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve (or to National Park Zapatera, or The Laguna Blanca Natural Reserve).

Not included in the fee:
-Long distance calls or internet use
-Sodas and snacks
-Medical treatment or insurance
-Unscheduled transportation to Domitila. Arriving late may mean missing the scheduled transportation. The cost varies based on your means of transport. A taxi or bus from the airport to Domitila may cost from US$35-US$100.
-Lodging outside field schools, upon arrival and post class. Some of you have plans for before and after the trip. We can help you find hotels with reasonable daily rates.
-Airport departure taxes when leaving Nicaragua US$35.00. Some airlines include this in the ticket price. Check with your travel agent.
-The program fee is fixed, it cannot be pro-rated on a daily basis.



Currently, we can only provide an estimate of airfare because airfare costs can change. The cost will also vary with the departure city. A general estimate of the airfare is approximately US $775.00 per person.

*Note: It is our philosophy to provide an all-inclusive price, but due to the volatile nature of the airline industry, EcoQuest Travel is only able to provide an estimated airfare at this time. The actual date of ticketing will determine the price.

This field course offers a unique experience and is ideally suited as an introduction to field research in tropical ecology and primatology. The course deals with field and analysis techniques for the investigations of biodiversity, primate behavior, ornithology, entomology, amphibians, forestry/botany and similar study projects. The course is flexible enough to implement other study options, too (contact instructors for details). Involvement in the course allows for a foundation for future careers in tropical ecology and conservation-related fields. In order to enhance the learning and international experience for all field school participants, this course involves a close collaboration with students from a local university in Nicaragua.

Space is limited to 15 students (by order of received application).
Course Credits (1-4) possible (for details please contact instructors).

The use of findings for research publications and conservation management is encouraged.

Academic Instructors:
Falk Huettmann, Ph.D.
(Wildlife & Landscape Ecology)
Keri Heniff (Anthropology, Primatology)
(detailed syllabus available upon request)

Contact Address & Registration: Domitila
(ask for information package & CD)
Maria Jose Mejia


Course Registration Forms
Fill out either one of the below registration forms and fax, mail or e-mail to
Maria Jose Mejia, c/o Oro Travel:

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* The Domitila Biological Reserve has been nominated for the 2006 First Choice Responsible Tourism Award for its ecological and conservation commitments. The reserve is located on Lake Nicaragua in the biologically diverse dry tropical forest, less than 1 hour away from Costa Rica and beautiful, historic Grenada. It is also within close proximity to volcanoes and turtle beaches.

Contact Info:

Cell phone: 505-8811786
Mailing address: Maria Jose Mejia
Casa Dr. Francisco Barbarena B
Calle Amelia Benard #107
Granada, Nicaragua

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