OTS at Auburn University

What is OTS?

        The Organization for Tropical Studies is a non-profit consortium of 64 research institutions and universities from around the world.  It was created in 1963 to focus on education, research, and management of natural resources in the tropics.  Auburn University has been an OTS member institution since 1987.
        As a member, Auburn students and faculty have access to educational, research, and funding opportunities that are not available to non-member institutions.  OTS is involved in teaching more than 15 different graduate and undergraduate courses, environmental education, facilitating tropical research, and operating three biological research stations in Costa Rica.

What courses are available to Auburn Students?

Graduate Courses:

Undergraduate Courses:

            - Field Tropical Biology
            - Introduction to Field Ethnobotany
            - Research Experience in Tropical Biology

Advanced Courses: (for postdoctoral scholars, junior faculty, and advanced graduate students)

 What does participation in OTS do for you?

        Participation in OTS courses provides Auburn students with a complete foundation in tropical biology.  In addition students have interactions with faculty who have considerable tropical experience, students and researchers currently doing research in the tropics, and peers on courses who are likely to form the next generation of tropical biologists.  Once students have completed the course, there are considerable opportunities for continued research (including logistical and financial assistance) in the tropics.


Graduate Fellowships:

        OTS offers research fellowships that are open to all students enrolled at Auburn as well as all OTS course alumni.  Through Pilot Awards and Research Fellowships, Auburn graduate students have access to up to $6500 for research projects in the tropics.

OTS Undergraduate Minority Scholars Program:

        Minority undergraduate students at Auburn are eligible to apply for scholarships that can be used for the full semester abroad as well as the summer abroad courses offered through OTS.  Through this program students receive a full scholarship.

Auburn OTS Alumni: 

Auburn Faculty Participants:

    Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

    Biological Sciences     Entomology and Plant Pathology

For more information contact the Auburn OTS Delegates:

Dr. J. Wayne Brewer (wbrewer@acesag.auburn.edu)
    Department of Entomology

Dr. Craig Guyer (cguyer@acesag.auburn.edu)
    Department of Biological Sciences