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 over the next decades years 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

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.
Q3ESTRELLAS site, Peru Project.
Los biólogos realizan experimentos para evaluar la salud de los arroyos del Perú
El Centro Amazónico de Educación Ambiental e Investigación (ACEER) y el Centro de Investigación del Agua Stroud presentarán seminarios para el público.
Rafa Morales, station manager at Maritza Biological Station in Costa Rica, with Jamie Blaine, author.
Talking About Rafa: Maritza’s Manager In Words and Pictures
Those who know Morales best describe him with words that are often identical: Intelligent. Conscientious. Responsible. Curious. Honest. Funny.
Rio Tempisquito Sur
Maritza: Unlocking the Secrets of Water in the Developing World
“Our work at Maritza is critical to our mission. It has enabled us to understand global water and climate issues in ways we could not have done without it.”