Required courses

There are three required courses for a total of 9 credits that provide formal training: BIOL 553 and 2 other courses which are offered in alternate years.  Field trips and transdisciplinary approaches are structuring elements of these courses.

Hands-on experience in an internship setting is gained through the "Research in Panama" course ENVR 451 (6 credits).  It consists of an independent studies project organized around multidisciplinary environmental issues. The nature of the project centres on practical environmental problems and questions important for Panama. Students form teams that work with Panamanian institutions (NGO, governmental or research).

Please note that the courses differ slightly from year to year.

Courses offered each year (9 credits)

Courses offered in alternate years (6 credits)

Winter 2018

Winter 2019

Graduate studies in Panama

The conservation of biodiversity (B), the maintenance of ecosystem services (ES), and the future of sustainability (S) — BESS — are among the most important issues in tropical environments, where most of the world's biodiversity and humans reside and interact. The BESS Program provides a multidisciplinary and immersive training to address these and other issues by providing practical skills, real-world experience, and interdisciplinary knowledge to BESS trainees. The program offers up to $14,000.00CA/ year in student stipends and $1,500.00CA/ year in travel allowance, and has no citizenship restrictions. The program will be of particular interest to students of the Panama Field Studies Semester who are considering to pursue graduate research with emphasis in Panama, and the neotropics in general. For further information please visit the BESS website.

Academic Director

Professor catherine [dot] potvin [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Catherine Potvin)
Department of Biology
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Teaching Staff Members

coomes [at] geog [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Oliver Coomes) - Department of Geography -
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caroline [dot] begg [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Caroline Begg) - Department of Plant Science -
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meredith [at] geog [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Thom Meredith) - Department of Geography -
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daviken [dot] studnicki-gizbert [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert) - Department of History -
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