Category Archives: Academics and Research

valladolid architecture

Toda aventura empieza con un sí: Valladolid

Coming from a small corner within western New York, curiosity to explore beyond my home has always been on my mind. My interest in different cultures, languages, and people has…

beach next to ocean

A Home Away from Home: Tropical Biology

You can read articles, textbooks, and research. You can watch video clips or television programs, or see pictures posted in literature or through media. However, nothing can prepare you for…

math

Take class with Professor Zwyghuizen if you want learning to be fun

I double major in Math and Computer Science. I want to share my experience in a math class that I am taking this semester at JCC. I am taking Calculus…

monkey in tree

Tropical Biology: Zoology

Animals of Costa Rica With over 800 species of bird, 35,000 species of insect, and 200 species of mammal in an area comparable to the state of West Virginia, Costa…

man walks with umbrella in tropical cloud forest

Tropical Biology: Montane Cloud Forests

What is a tropical montane cloud forest? Montane cloud forests are a relatively rare type of rainforest, occurring on high mountains in the tropics, generally between 2,000 and 3,500 meters….

student stands in rain forest

Tropical Biology: Ethnobotany

What is Ethnobotany? Ethnobotany is the study of plants and how native cultures use plants or trees for nutritional/medicinal needs, shelter, and other useful methods of living. There are thousands of…

Ciao from Venice, Italy

Hello! Today marks two weeks that I’ve been in Venice, and I still can’t believe that I’m here! I’ve been so busy since I’ve been here that I’ve hardly had…

Arrival and Transition in Guatemala

Before departing for Guatemala back in May, I had never travelled outside of the United States except for a few brief visits to nearby Canadian provinces. I have always felt…

coral reef

Tropical Biology: Red Mangrove and Tropical Coral Reefs

Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) The red mangrove has an extensive range, and is found in estuaries and lagoons along the west coast of Africa, on the other side of the…

boys working on craft

Learning to Teach

I don’t know about you, but my June was pretty great! It was spent with great people, great culture, and a GREAT internship. The impetus for my journey to Spain…