WB 2015 – MSU Ecological Engineering in the Tropics

Costa Rica – MSU / UCR – December 26, 2015 – January 9, 2016

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We’ve had a wonderful few days in Monte Verde and Palo Verde.  My phone has died, so unfortunately I won’t be uploading any photos immediately.

At Monte Verde, we enjoyed a night hike, biodigester tour, and coffee plantation tour.  I learned that many Costa Ricans drink coffee that is prepared differently than we prepare it in the U.S.  Instead of washing off what’s known as the “honey” or musilage that surrounds the bean, “natural” Costa Rica coffee is roasted with the honey layer surrounding the bean.  Some coffee beans are even roasted with the cherry (or fruit) still on the bean, which is known by local brand names like Black Honey.  Check out Connor’s daily blog for more details about our stay at Monte Verde.

On our transfer day, we spend a casual morning at La Cortez waterfall, followed by a leisurely lunch in Liberia.  The students took advantage of this larger town to eat Papa John’s pizza and McDonald’s, while the faculty went to a typical Costa Rican steakhouse.

We’re finishing up our second evening at OTS Palo Verde.  This is my first trip to Palo Verde and I plan to make it a regular part of our trip.  While on the hot side, the biodiversity and scenery is AMAZING.  Also, Davinia, our OTS guide, has a wealth of knowledge about wetland ecology and management that is supplementing the wetland team design project perfectly.  Emily will soon be updating her daily page – check it out for more info and pictures about our stay.

As mentioned above,  my personal cell phone is not working.  Please call the course cell phone for urgent issues.  Wei’s and Ronald’s phones are also still working.



Author: drreinhold

Associate Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University

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