DANTA-Tropical Biology Field Courses

DANTA Tropical Biology Field Courses 2018

Danta is pleased to announce our 2018 field courses in tropical biology. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.

As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.

For more information, please visit our website at www.DANTA.info and/or email conservation@danta.info or conservation@danta.email. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our new blog DANTAisms http://dantablog.wordpress.com/.

Hope to see you in Costa Rica!

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation
Dates: July 13–July 28, 2018
Program Fee: $2600
Application deadline: Summer Session: June 1, 2018
Course Description
This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. This course will be held at Osa Conservation’s Piro Reseach Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few places in Costa Rica that has jaguar, puma, sea turtles and four species of monkey (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey).

The learning experiences for the course fall into four main categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in: (1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems and conservation. Service learning is a large component of all our programs. Students will gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation, sustainable agriculture and wildlife monitoring programs (big cat and sea turtle).

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. All within country travel is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.
Primate Behavior and Conservation
Dates: June 15-July 11, 2018
Program Fee: $3500
Application deadline: June 1, 2018
Guest Speaker: Dr. Eckhard Heymann

Course Description
This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. The course will be conducted at Osa Conservation‘s Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few sites in Costa Rica that contain 4 species of primate (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey). Four species of sea turtle also nest along its beaches. Please help us protect this unique region which is of international conservation concern.

The learning experiences for the course fall into five main categories: field exercises, independent research, discussions, lectures and applied conservation. The first half of the courses is devoted to learning ecological field techniques, while in the second half students develop, carry out and present data from their independent research projects. Many of our participants have gone on to present their work at national and regional conferences. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in:(1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems, conservation, climate change and sustainability. Participants gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation,and sea turtle breeding and monitoring programs.

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. All within country travel is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.

Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

Dates: July 13-28, 2018
Program fee: $2600
Application deadline: June 1, 2018

Course Description

The proximate and ultimate causes of declines of rain forest habitats and biodiversity will be examined through a combination of direct observations in the field, lectures, and critical reviews of the literature. Topics will include the role of hunting, logging, agriculture, disease, predation, expanding human populations and their consumption of natural resources as they affect forest and biodiversity conservation. Emphasis will be on sustainable solutions and how today’s human societies can endure in the face of climate change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.

The majority of the course will be conducted at Osa Conservation‘s Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula. As one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few sites in Costa Rica that contain 4 species of primate (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and the Central American squirrel monkey). Four species of sea turtle also nest along its beaches. Students gain hands-on experience through participation in Osa Conservation’s sustainable agriculture, wildlife monitoring and reforestation programs. Problems of various land-use activities will be evaluated with side trips to an oil palm plantation, a coffee plantation, and small-scale agricultural plots.

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. All within country travel is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.

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Literacy Lab-Tutor Opportunity

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Campaign Internship-Missouri Coordinated Campaign

The Missouri Coordinated Campaign is looking for summer interns and fellows to join the campaign. The campaign is looking for motivated, dedicated individuals who want to learn the inner workings of a major political campaign and the ins and outs of the grassroots program it takes to win an election.

With flexible hours, this program is available to all students regardless of schedule. This internship will teach you what goes in to creating a grassroots field program, how to conduct a cutting-edge persuasion direct voter contact program, and you will meet friends and make professional contacts that will last a lifetime.

The campaign is also offering a fellowship program for interns interested in taking their involvement to the next level. Fellows will take on even more responsibility and leadership roles, and will participate in specialized training programs on campaign data, reporting, and community engagement. The skills fellows will learn will equip them with all of the tools they need to find future employment in the fields of organizing, campaigns, and government. Greater time commitment is required.

The Missouri Coordinated Campaign internship and fellowship programs are designed to be a top-notch, informative, and educational experience – providing an entry-level launching point for future careers in politics and campaigns. Program participants will engage with voters in their communities, learn from and work directly with seasoned campaign staff, and hear from a number of guest speakers. In addition, participation in a program like this is an excellent addition to a college application, so rising Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to apply.

To apply for an internship or a fellowship with the Missouri Coordinated Campaign or to learn about general volunteer opportunities, apply online at https://tinyurl.com/2018MOcampaign, call us at (314) 690-8108, or email us at intern@missouridems.org.

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Reaction or Riot? Understanding 1968 in Kansas City

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M.A. in Medical Anthropology

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Invitation ~ AAA 2018 Undergraduate Poster Session

First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology

Abstract: Undergraduate students are an increasingly important element in the production of anthropological knowledge. In its best form, undergraduate research can be seen as an apprenticeship, wherein the novitiate is granted a partnership and some degree of agency in pushing the boundaries of and crossing into new frontiers of shared knowledge. Collaboration with undergraduate students in research is one of the important ways we can facilitate innovation within our discipline. Their research breaks down classroom/research boundaries, focuses on the importance of experiential learning, and exploits the naiveté and vigor of students not yet indoctrinated into paradigmatic complacency. Undergraduate students can be agents and partners in reshaping the landscape of anthropology. The importance of undergraduate research and scholarly activity is underscored both in financial support by federal-level agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Institutes of Health, and the growing number of faculty-student collaborations in anthropology departments across the globe. Through their engagement, undergraduate students challenge current boundaries and present their findings in the inter-disciplinary medium of visual posters to enrich anthropological inquiry into the human experience.

Students are especially encouraged to present on topics that link to this year’s theme of “Resistance, Resilience, Adaptation” to explore the pressing issues facing our discipline and our world and to demonstrate how a focus on change can be a positive force for groundbreaking anthropological research, new forms of cultural understanding, scientific awareness, and global empathy.

This session is generously sponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology. Students are encouraged to highlight both their work and their visual acumen via research posters of their projects. The SVA will evaluate all entries in this session and recognize exemplary posters – that is, those that maximize the possibilities of the format – with a prize.

Interested students must

(1) Become a student member of the AAA, if they are not already.

http://www.americananthro.org/ConnectWithAAA/Landing.aspx?ItemNumber=20711&navItemNumber=587

(Note the many student options at the bottom of this page.)

(2) Register for the conference

http://www.americananthro.org/AttendEvents/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=1697&navItemNumber=695

(3) Upload poster title and abstract by April 14 (this will give us time to make sure the session is sorted before the general deadline of April 16 at 2 pm EST).

(4) Send the following info to: drotman@nd.edu

Student name(s)
Institutional Affiliation
Email contact(s)
Poster title

This is a great professional development opportunity for undergraduates. We look forward to seeing your poster!

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ArchaeoTek Field School in Archaeology and Geophysics – Roman Frontier Environments – Transylvania (Romania) 2018

We are continuing to make great strides into a new understanding of the development of the Roman frontier populations. Dacia (i.e. modern historical Transylvania) was, arguably, the most important frontier of the Roman Empire: its gold and silver sustained the collapsing imperial economy for two centuries. However, the “imperial idea” on the Eastern European Provincial frontier was more complex that Rome ever expected it… and it even outlasted the idea of Rome itself. Local Roman Provincial realities, born out of economic, cultural, social and political creolization, constant and dynamic negotiation of power, and shifting populations have outlived the ideological centers that have claimed historical ownership of these regions, creating their own distinct expressions of identity.

Our programs offer a very extensive approach to the anthropology and archaeology of the Roman frontier environments, through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. Our participants will be able to experience several field approaches, ranging from Classical excavation, anthropological site exploration, traditional STP (shovel test pit), and geochemical (phosphate analysis). To further expand their skill set our participants can opt to our intensive Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Applications Workshop. Our programs provide an anthropological and scientifically integrated approach to a Classical site, in a very complex environment, in a region fundamentally important to our understanding of European genesis.

Our programs:

Roman Villa Excavation – Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier

Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania
Dates:
Session 1: (June 10 – June 30, 2018) FULL
Session 2: July 1 – July 21, 2018
Session 3: July 22 – August 11, 2018
Team Size: 12-15 participants per session
E-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

Description: The integrated results of our various field techniques have yielded extraordinary results: a rural built space of ca. one hectare, with massive fortification walls decorated with exterior frescoes, with richly built two stories buildings, containing exceptional artifacts (well preserved bronze statues, jewelry, pristine condition coins, writing implements, etc.). Our target excavation, the central building of the “villa” has already presented us with a very complex and surprising occupation sequence and practices. We will continue to explore the way identity is built and negotiated in a very dynamic and rich frontier environment. Cost: US$ 1295 per session (program fees, equipment, room and board – see flyer for details).

Web Site: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/roman-villa-excavation
Application Form: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/application-excavation

Roman Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey – Life by the Imperial Roads

Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania
Dates:
Session 1: (June 10 – June 30, 2018) FULL
Session 2: July 1 – July 21, 2018
Session 3: July 22 – August 11, 2018
Team Size: 4-6 participants per session
E-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

Description: As an extension of the Roman Villa Excavation, this field school integrates Classical excavation approaches with various exploratory field techniques, ranging from STP (shovel test pits), geochemical soil analysis (phosphate spot testing), and surface field collection coupled with topographical total station assisted mapping. We will be looking at the transformation of the countryside in relation to the development of the Imperial road river infrastructure, and the role of our “palatial villa” in the development of a “creole” Roman landscape. Cost: US$ 1295 per session (program fees, equipment, room and board – see flyer for details).
Web Site: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/roman-settlement-excavation
Application Form: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/application-excavation

Applied Field Geophysics Workshop – Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Workshop

Location: Rapolt, Hunedoara County, Transylvania – Romania
Dates: 6-day intensive GPR program (session dates available on project website and application form)
Team Size: 3 participants per session
E-mail: archaeology@archaeotek.org

Description: Our program offers intensive training in Ground Penetrating Radar exploration techniques, both field and laboratory analysis, as it applies to the anthropogenic transformation of a historical landscape. Our two case studies are the hinterland of the “palatial villa” from our active excavation above and associated structures, roads and land use; and the multi-layered, multi-occupation from late Prehistory to present day site of Micia. Cost: US$ 985 per session (program fees, equipment, full room and board).
Web Site: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/applied-field-geophysics-gpr
Application Form: https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/application-geophysics

Our participants will not only explore the archaeology of the region, but have the opportunity to sample the magic of Transylvania, through its amazing historical and natural landscapes.

Our programs are available for both credit students and non-credit participants.

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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

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Upcoming Event!

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YMCA Now Hiring!

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Do you or someone you know want to make a difference in our community? Impact the lives of children by joining our Y Club Before and After School<https://t.e2ma.net/click/aajfs/e9g0ve/q6m09f> team. We’re hiring leaders for the 2017-18 school year at Y Club sites across the metro. A new session of open interviews for these positions will take place this Thursday, August 17 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Location:

YMCA of Greater Kansas City Youth Development Services Office

8205 W 108th Terrace, Suite 120

Overland Park, KS 66210

Please bring your resume and list of references. Contact Careers@KansasCityYMCA.org<mailto:Careers@KansasCityYMCA.org?subject=> or call 816.656.1885 with questions.

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Why Work at Y Club?

With a focus on safety, health, social growth and academic enhancement, Y Club before and after school<https://t.e2ma.net/click/aajfs/e9g0ve/mro09f> gives kindergartners through sixth graders a safe, supportive and fun environment to learn, develop interests and make friends.

Not only do you get to nurture and have fun interacting with kids, you’ll get to work in casual attire and receive a free YMCA membership.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/ Protected Veteran and committed to diversity and inclusion throughout our organization.

​OUR MISSION:

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City, founded on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment committed to enriching the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being.

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