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Adventures to Ecuador: The Mainland Experience

The first half of our program occurs in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador, mainly at Maquipucuna Reserve and Ecolodge just north of Quito. This portion of the course was honestly my favorite. As an entomology student, I was truly excited to explore all of the insect diversity present here. But…
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Adventures to Ecuador: Preparing for our Study Away Experience!

Hello everyone! My name is Taylor Pearson, and I am a rising senior double majoring in Entomology and Applied Biotechnology. I have recently returned from the incredible Study Away opportunity offered by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES): Tropical Entomology in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands! I want…
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Bean to Bar: Small Farms vs. Big Farms.

One thing that we got to learn about while learning about chocolate production is the differences in large and small cacao farms in Costa Rica. The first farm we visited was owned by a man named Edwin, who owned and operated his farm with only the help of his wife…
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