International Research

Our Global Research Efforts

The establishment of Maritza Biological Station marked the beginning of increasingly far-flung travels for Stroud™ Water Research Center researchers and educators, which would take them literally around the world: to conduct research on the Amazon and Congo rivers and the streams of Papua New Guinea; to lead education workshops in Peru and organize a Leaf Pack group in Kenya in collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement; and most recently, to journey to the bucolic country of Bhutan, high in the Himalayas, to assess water-quality conditions and help set up monitoring and citizen science programs to enable local communities to protect their freshwater sources, which are at once an enormous economic asset and a fragile natural ecosystem.


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International Research and Education News

Bern Sweeney in a video still.
Global Impact: Preserving and Conserving Fresh Water Around the World
Our scientists are advancing knowledge of freshwater systems on five continents and our educators are using the Leaf Pack Network® materials to teach freshwater stewardship throughout North, Central and South
A small fish in Rio Rincon, Costa Rica.
Fish of the Río Rincón, Costa Rica
Researchers from the Stroud Center visited the Río Rincón on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica to scope out potential sites for an upcoming survey of the physical, chemical, and
A Costa Rica tapir caught by a wildlife camera.
Wildlife Camera: Costa Rican Tapir
A wildlife camera recorded footage of a tapir walking near Maritza Biological Station in Costa Rica.
A tapir at Maritza Biological Station.
Tapir Visits the Maritza Biological Station
A rare daytime sighting of a tapir near Maritza Biological Station in Costa Rica.
Spider monkey in a video still.
Spider Monkeys at the Maritza Biological Station
Another video shot by Rafa Morales, station manager at the Maritza Biological Station in Costa Rica. This adult spider monkey is feeding on buds in the treetops while its baby
Chestnut mandibled toucan
Re-Wilding Tropical Ecosystems Starts With Clean Fresh Water
Bern Sweeney, Ph.D., traveled to Costa Rica in late January to discuss innovative practices in re-wilding tropical ecosystems including rainforests, mangrove forests, streams and wetlands.