Tropical Ecology covers fundamentals of ecology in a hands-on, field-based format on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua. Students in this course will be interacting with students in Neotropical Bat Ecology and Tropical Botany, and this course will emphasize biotic interactions between plants and their pollinators. The island has an incredible diversity of habitats for its size, and these habitats will be explored and compared. Topics in this course include: Plant and animal diversity, environment of the Neotropics, habitat delineation, adaptation, plant-animal interactions, reproduction and population size, the physical environment, succession and colonization, nutrient and water cycles, conservation, and specimen and data collection and analysis. The end of the class will include a visit to Laguna Apoyo, and we will explore the local culture of the historic city of Granada.