Students can apply for funds from NEI for field research in tropical America, or to attend Organization for Tropical Studies field courses in Costa Rica. NEI serves as an information clearinghouse for tropical field research, environmental study abroad and educational programs.


Courses and Symposia

Education, teaching and curriculum development is a major activity of NEI.   Popular courses introduced by NEI include The Natural History of Mesoamerica and Health,Ecology, and Development in Latin America. Most involve a semester on campus at Tulane, followed by field experience in Latin America.

Recent courses include: Population and the Environment, Conservation and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica, Tropical Ecology, Tropical Biology.

Symposia and workshops of NEI include: “Tropical Forest Conservation,” “Mesoamerican Biogeography,” “Fragile Lands of Latin America: A Search for Sustainable Uses,” “The Status of Biosphere Reserves in the Yucatan Peninsula,” and “Poverty, Disasters and the Environment in Latin America”.