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Field work in Henri Pittier National Park (Venezuela)

(photo: R. Laskowski)


  • Latest notice: the 2018 course will take place on 16 July - 6 August in Danum Valley Field Centre, Sabah, Borneo! You can start looking for flights and prices. Please plan to arrive to Kota Kinabalu (KK) on July 14th at the latest. If possible, we are planning to book the flights for the whole group; still if you spot some very attractive airfare, it may be wise not to wait and buy the ticket immediately. The meeting point will be, most probably (details will come later), Kota Kinabalu where from you will take the last leap to Lahad Datu on July 16th. Jeeps will take you from the Lahad Datu airport to the field station. 

  • Costs on site: The course is subsidized by the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian Universty, at a rate 2000 PLN/student. The remaining costs are covered by course participants. The full cost of the course in Danum Valey is ca. 4000 PLN, meaning students' own participation of ca. 2000 PLN.

  • Transportation: Course participants cover all transportation costs to the destination. The return flight from Poland to the destination usually costs around 4000-4500 PLN but the actual cost can vary widely (3000 - 5000 PLN), depending on the dates and the starting airport (e.g., sometimes it is substantially cheaper to start the trip from Warsaw or Berlin - please check all possibilities; also, tickets to KK combined with a separately purchased return tickets KK to Lahad Datu are a lot cheaper than direct flight to Lahad Datu).

  • Introduction, general information about the course (pdf). Note that the information given here is based on past courses in Venezuela. Terms and conditions for the coming courses may differ!

  • Course participant's equipment list

  • Candidates have to register for the course personally with me (Inst. Environ. Sci., room 2.1.2). Registering at USOS is not sufficient and does not guarantee a place on the course! You can still register for the 2018 course.

  • Important notice: to participate in the course you have to complete the Tropical Ecology course WBNZ-849 first!

  • So far, all course participants tell that the course is worth the effort... :)

Other options to study tropical ecology and biology: tropical biology courses organized by Tropical Biology Association. The courses take place in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar and  Borneo.

The Institute of Environmental Sciences is the TBA member, and our students are eligible for significantly reduced course fees!