TNCC Students to Spend Spring Break Doing Biological Research in Nicaragua

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A trip to Nicaragua this spring will give nine Thomas Nelson Community College students enrolled in Bio 295: Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Nicaragua the opportunity to get their feet wet via hands-on biological research on the organisms, habitats and conservation of this country’s tropical ecosystems.

During the 10-day research trip scheduled during the College’s Spring Break, Feb. 28 – March 10, students will be conducting research projects at Ometepe Biological Teaching Station, which lies in Lake Nicaragua on Ometepe Island, the largest fresh water volcanic island in the world. While at Ometepe, the students will ascend the Maderas Volcano to observe biodiversity changes along an altitudinal gradient (dry forest, wet cloud forest, and elfin forest) and later descend into the crater lake.