The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a consortium of about 50 universities, colleges, and research institutions from five countries on three continents. OTS’ mission is to provide leadership in education, research, and responsible use of natural resources in the tropics.
Our purpose is to sustain our tropical ecosystems by driving scientific discovery and knowledge, by enriching human perception of nature and by enhancing worldwide policy actions in the tropics.
OTS has a global reputation for research-oriented field courses. Each year, OTS trains undergraduates, graduates and professionals in tropical ecology and in specialized, advanced topics such as plant systematics, tropical medicine and global health, conservation genetics, protected area management, agroecology, global change, and field research methods.
OTS operates four research stations: Skukuza in South Africa and La Selva, Palo Verde, and Las Cruces in Costa Rica. The research stations provide exceptional research support and state-of-the-art facilities including herbaria, biological inventories, meteorological records, high-speed wireless internet, molecular and chemical laboratories, embedded sensor network, canopy towers, and global information system (GIS) laboratories.
The University of Michigan was founded before Michigan was even a state, and now boasts over 30,000 undergraduate students. Ranked as the #1 Public University, it offers 102 graduate programs. PRFRP is working closely with the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) program and a number of our leaders and volunteers are among the ranks of the student body.
Most recently, Sarah Collins was awarded a Marshall Weinberg Internship to help PRFRP develop educational content. Sarah’s work will help to bring our rainforest work into the classroom for students of multiple ages.
Crowther Lab studies global ecosystems, generating knowledge top protect biodiversity and address climate change.
We are an interdisciplinary team of scientists studying ecosystems at a global scale to understand the relationships between biodiversity and climate change. Our work is helping create the scientific foundation for ecosystem restoration, informing and empowering people to protect and restore Earth’s biodiversity to fight climate change and improve human well-being.
Eversheds Sutherland is a global top 10 law firm, with more than 4,000 attorneys in 69 offices in 32 countries. Their attorneys have graciously provided outstanding pro-bono legal support to PRFRP as we develop from an idea to a legitimate 501(c)3 organization. Their advice and counsel has been invaluable to our leadership as we navigate the byzantine rules and regulations involved with building a charitable organization.
Pierella Ecological Gardens (PEG) Has been the inspiration for much of PRFRP’s plans. In 1995 William Camacho founded PEG on a small piece of pasture and turned a small patch of land into a sustainable butterfly garden and second growth rainforest. PEG reamins a close partner of PRFRP and we expect William to continue to be both an example and expert advisor to PRFRP as we work to emulate his good work, and develop even more land in a model very similar to the one he has so successfully used for 25 years. For more about our collaborative work and history, click here.