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During an “eye-opening” semester exploring the Global-Local Challenges to Sustainability in Costa Rica, Therese Robbins ’14 studied tropical ecology by visiting cloud forests and rainforests; learned about sustainable agriculture while standing in the middle of banana plantations; and pursued her naturalist instincts by making a butterfly identification guide for the diverse species she saw at the Monteverde Institute.

“I have a fascination with butterflies: cataloging all the butterflies I saw was like a dream come true that allowed me to do something I love while also fulfilling something for a class,” she said.

The plethora of bird and animal species made “every walk to school an adventure,” and Robbins enjoyed spending hours each day catching and photographing butterflies for her catalog. With the ID guide, Robbins was happy to “give something back” to the Monteverde Institute.

Therese Robbins ’14

"I have a fascination with butterflies: cataloging all the butterflies I saw was like a dream come true that allowed me to do something I love while also fulfilling something for a class."

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