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Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Yunnan, China


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This program is an intensive course in field research methods, research design, sampling and analysis designed for graduate students in Ecology and Conservation.

Format: The Advanced Field Ecology and Conservation-Xishuangbanna (AFEC-X) Summer Course activities will be split between lecture and field exercises. Students will participate in established long term monitoring experiments and further gain experience in independent project design. With guidance, students will design and present research proposals and further conduct field based data collection. The course concludes with a symposium, where students present results of course activities amongst their peers and instructors.

2009 AFEC-X Crew

Where: The course convenes in Kunming, capital city of Yunnan Province. Orientation, Introduction to the Course and a series of lectures will be given in Kunming before moving to Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) in Menglun, China. Both the long term and independent research projects will take place in and around Menglun.

Topics: Tropical Ecology, Eco-Physiology, Taxonomy, Evolutionary Ecology, Plant and Animal Interactions, Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Invasive Species and more. Further discussions will look at how these topics are affected in human dominated landscapes.

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