TRI encourages students to work with partner organisations or institutions to conduct their research. These organisations are often best-placed to identify questions that are among the most complex challenges confronting the conservation and management of tropical environments and natural resources, as well as projects that are acheivable in one summer of research. TRI partners can also provide essential logistical support and advice for working in often remote areas of the world.
Below are partner institutions that have active research collaborations with TRI, and we encourage students to consider working this them. For related information about TRI research funding, see TRI Fellowships. Additional opportunities (not endorsed by TRI) are listed in Other Research Opportunities. Viewers may also wish to learn about current TRI Fellows and their work. Contact the TRI Program Managers for more information on these opportunities.
The Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI) contributes to the conservation and restoration of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in tropical regions of Latin America and Asia. ELTI achieves this by providing policy makers, individuals in technical positions, community representatives, indigenous leaders, and other key actors from relevant sectors of society with the knowledge, tools, skills, and contacts to advance the protection and management of these systems. ELTI’s long-term field sites are ideal locations in which to conduct research that addresses key questions in the conservation and management of tropical resource and environments. Please see the links below for specific project suggestions.
The Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigavion y Ensenanza (CATIE) is one of Latin America’s most well-respected institutions for education and applied work in sustainable agriculture, tropical natural resource management and rural development. CATIE has the oldest graduate program in agriculture and natural resources in Latin America (since 1946), and a training program with multiple course options, including the Cooperative Study Abroad Program. The institution has programs and professors studying a wide array of topics in sustainable agriculture and livestock, agroforestry, forest ecology and management, protected areas, value chains, watersheds and water resources, development practices, climate change science and planning—and it is home to dozens of programs that are putting this research to work to train professionals and improve the livelihoods of people throughout Central America.
Yale F&ES has a Memorandum of Understanding with CATIE. Under the CATIE-Yale F&ES agreement, interested students can: (1) Take a semester of graduate level courses at CATIE in any of the above topics (in Spanish); (2) Design and conduct research projects under the supervision of CATIE experts; (3) Propose an internship with one of CATIE’s dozens of applied programs throughout Central America or at headquarters in Turrialba, Costa Rica; or (4) Take advantage of CATIE’s facilities, which include laboratories, experimental farms and livestock operations, long-term permanent forest research plots, a botanical garden, tropical seed bank, and living facilities.
If you are interested in learning more about CATIE’s academic offerings, programs, or facilities, please explore the website. For a glimpse of the beautiful campus in Turrialba, watch this short flyover video. Individual researchers and projects have different capacity for interns and short-term research, so it is best to inquire directly with the program that interests you. F&ES alum can help you identify a point of contact with whom to explore options and craft a proposal and budget. A full list of courses is available upon request (in Spanish).
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