This study entitled, “The Impact of Economic Change on Food Habits and Nutritional Health in Monteverde, Costa Rica: Mixing Food Production and Tourism” is now in its second year. The research funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation is intended to expand our holistic understanding of the complexities involved in processes of economic transition. Through various research methodologies, the project seeks to answer questions such as:
These and other questions will be submitted to rigorous analysis through the collection of anthropometric, sociodemographic, occupational, and informal qualitative data and observations. It is anticipated that results from this study will be able to inform local and national policy formation as Costa Rica continues to explore tourism as a source of revenue. This project is a collaborative research initiative between the University of South Florida (USA) and the Monteverde Institute.
The Fundación Conservacionista Costarricense (Costa Rican Conservation Foundation) and the Monteverde Institute have collaborated to support reforestation on the Pacific slope of Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Please check the poster for data on survival and growth rates of tree seelings that were planted on conservation land, tagged, and followed over time.
Tropical forests are often thought of as aseasonal environments; however, many experience at least one dry season annually. Tropical montane cloud forests in Monteverde are no exception, as rain and cloud cover abate between the months of February and May.
This project, coordinated by researchers based at the University of California Berkeley, explores the implication of seasonality for the health and survival of tropical montane cloud forest plants. Local logistics are facilitated by the Monteverde Institute. For more information, please contact grgoldsmith[at]berkeley[dot]edu.
Greg's research has also enabled the development of an innovative educational platform for sharing knowledge on cloud forest ecology. See more details below.
Canopy In The Clouds uses innovative and immersive media from the tropical montane cloud forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica to serve as a platform for inquiry-based, K-12 earth and life science education (www.canopyintheclouds.com). We are particularly excited to offer over 25 lesson plans on themes such as water, weather, soils, ecology and the process of science, focused primarily on 6-8th grades. All materials are normed to national science education standards, peer-reviewed by a team of scientists and educators, and made available free of cost via our website.
Canopy In The Clouds is an interdisciplinary collaboration between emerging professionals in ecology, visual arts, and education. It is our attempt to envision how students will interact with digital media in the 21st century in order to engage in inquiry-based learning with a big 'wow' factor. Funding was provided by the National Geographic Society, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Tropical Science Center of Costa Rica. Local logistics were facilitated by the Monteverde Institute. For more information, please contact info[at]canopyintheclouds[dot]com.
Come explore the canopy!