ENVS4260 Field Entomology Course 2020 Costa Rica



Field Entomology (ENVS*4260): Apr. 24 - May 13, 2020

Application deadline: 01 November, 2019


  • Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree (cscottdu@uoguelph.ca, 824-4120 x52477)
  • Dr. Steve Marshall (samarsha@uoguelph.ca, 824-4120 x52720)


  • Departure - 24 Toronto Liberia, CR direct on Westjet
  • Return - May 13 Liberia, CR to Toronto direct on Westjet.


April 24 – April 27: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve/ Tropical Science Centre(http://www.cloudforestmonteverde.com/ ) - Eastern slopes of Volcan Arenal 

April 27 – May 12: Soltis Center for Research and Education (http://soltiscentercostarica.tamu.edu/)-  owned by Texas A&M University. The Center is located in San Juan de Peñas Blancas, San Ramón, Costa Rica and is approximately 3.0 hours from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica and about 30 minutes from La Fortuna at the western base of Volcan Arenal. The property backs onto the largest private nature reserve in Costa Rica.

May 12 – May 13: Hotel Velero– Guanacaste Coast, near Liberia, CR and airport of departure.

Estimated Cost:

~$2500 (includes $150 contingency fee for unanticipated costs).

Course fee covers everything (all transportation, meals, lodging, field equipment and supplies, and most tips) except medications, departure tax ($36.50 CDN) and travel insurance.  

If the exchange rate erodes substantially, a revised course fee will be set in March, 2020.  Non-refundable deposit of $500 due by December 15, 2019. Balance in 2 equal payments ($1000) in January and March, 2020.


  • 3 or more courses in biological sciences;
  • ENVS*3090 or equivalent encouraged.


  • 50% - Experiments relating to insect ecology, behavior or pest management (Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree)
  • 50% - Insect diversity component (Dr. Steve Marshall)            


An introduction to observation, sampling, and research on insects in the field. Daily activities are divided between designing and implementing field research studies and observing/collecting insects to fulfill the “insect diversity” component of the course. There will be occasional lectures and discussions concerning the flora/fauna of Costa Rica, scientific protocol and insect systematics/taxonomy. Each student will: (1) participate in a group study focusing on insect behavior/ecology/management; (2) learn basic insect collecting and identification techniques; (3) conduct and record detailed observations of insects.


E-mail Dr. Scott-Dupree (cscottdu@uoguelph.ca) with questions, to get details on the course, and to receive instructions on the application process.  Application deadline:  01 Nov, 2019.

Find the full course outline here and an overview of the application process and the documents needed for the application here.