Associate Professor of Chemistry and biology Dr.?John Niedzwiecki together with Professor of Chemistry and biology Dr. Darlene Panvini lately returned from a good 18-day study abroad day at Costa Rica with 17 Belmont students. While traveling,?Niedzwiecki trained tropical biodiversity, whilst Panvini covered?conservation together with sustainability.
The group’s?journey?began at Los angeles Selva Biological station within a lowland tropical rainforest when they saw sloths, an anteater, toucanets and impressive bushes. From there, they stepped to Arenal National Playground to see a volcano together with lake and master?about geothermal plus hydroelectric energy production.? In their 10-day stay at the Institution of Georgia-Costa Rica campus throughout San Luis, the group learned about animals and plants of a highland rainforest, went on a night hike, investigated Monteverde cloud forest, stood a cooking lesson which has a local family, found out how to dance the merengue and visited the chocolate factory.
Other attributes of their time in another country include visits to a sustainable coffee place, a Biodigester and local art work co-op. From there, the group visited?to the beach when they learned about a dry tropical do at Santa Rosa Nationalized Park, observed white-faced capuchin together with howler monkeys and gone snorkeling.