Hello! Welcome to From Cloud Forest to Coral Reef: Studying the Tropical Biology of Costa Rica. My name is Sara, and I’m a student of biology at Cornell University spending the semester studying with the Organization for Tropical Studies. For the next four months, I invite you to explore with me the fascinating biology and ecology of tropical Costa Rica.
What can Costa Rica teach you about biology? Costa Rica is a hub for biodiversity—rich in its sheer number of species from parakeets to tree frogs to stick insects. Standing on the bridge between two continents, this country’s modern wildlife continues to adapt after millions of years of evolution following the migration of thousands of species from North and South America to this central destination. Today, Costa Rica comprises animals and plants originating from both continents as well as its own endemic species, making it an ideal location to study the behaviors and characteristics of a myriad of life.