ENVS4260 Field Entomology Course 2019 Ecuador



Field Entomology (ENVS*4260): Apr. 25 - May 13, 2019


Instructors: Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree (cscottdu@uoguelph.ca, 824-4120 x52477)

Insect pest management & scientific protocol; Rm. 2110 Bovey Bldg Dr. Steve Marshall (samarsha@uoguelph.ca, 824-4120 x52720)

Insect diversity/systematics; Rm. 1211 Bovey Bldg.


Dates: Departure - Apr. 25 1:00PM; Return - May 13, 2019 5:04 pm; Toronto to Miami to Quito, return on American Airlines.


Location: Yanayacu Biological Station – Cosanga, Napo Province, Ecuador (www.yanayacu.org) (GPS coordinates are: 00 36 S, 77 53 W) is located on the slopes of Antisana Volcano at an elevation of 2100 m with road access to elevations of 4300 m. The station is approximately 150 km SSE of Quito. It is set on land that has large continuous tracts of primary forest connecting to national reserves surrounding Antisanna and Sumaco volcanoes. A well-established trail system exists providing access to most of the reserve. YBS is open year round and accommodates up to 45 people with excellent sleeping accommodations (bathrooms with flush toilets), dining area, teaching facilities, Wi-Fi and library.



Estimated Cost: ~$2500 (includes $100 contingency fee for unanticipated costs)

Course fee covers everything (all transportation, 90% of meals, lodging, field equipment and supplies, and most tips). Not covered are medications and travel insurance.

If the exchange rate erodes substantially, a revised course fee will be set in February, 2019. Payment can be made in 2 installments ($1250 each) – January 14 and March 11, 2019.


Prerequisites: 3 or more courses in biological sciences;

ENVS*3090 or equivalent encouraged.


Evaluation: Experiments relating to insect ecology, behavior or pest management (Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree) 50%

Insect diversity component (Dr. Steve Marshall) 50%

Description: 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.


Video: Check out the YouTube video made during the 2018 Field Entomology trip to Costa Rica.



Contact: 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: 02 Nov, 2018.