Host Institution: 

University of Primorska

*Multiple Countries

Koper, Slovenia with side trips to Croatia and Italy

Application Deadlines: 
  • This faculty-led program is designed for graduate students in Fisheries & Wildlife, Zoology, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources and Related Fields
  • Good academic standing
Program Details: 

2018 details to be available in early November.

Please Look for your Program on our "Faculty Led Program Offerings" site at that time.

*** Last Year's Program Description:

Marine conservation is increasingly important for society, as evidenced by frequent media coverage and the recent report by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. Students who take this class will be exposed to multiple perspectives on important scientific issues in marine conservation and gain valuable experience in critical thinking. This course will cover concepts and tools associated with marine conservation as a field, with emphases both on global concerns and local issues.

Through an intensive 10-day course, the School will cover concepts of evidence-based conservation science from population to ecosystem levels, including human dimensions, as well as topical issues in marine conservation. By teaching this class at an international location in cooperation with a local university, our goal is to provide not only concept and content, but to also facilitate interactions between, and learning among students from the United States and the international region of interest. Given that students in this class are developing professionals who aim to make their careers in the field, these international contacts may form the basis for long-term international collaborative opportunities.

This year’s course will focus on conservation issues in the Adriatic Sea, an area rich in history, natural resource use, and conservation efforts. The lecture portion of the course will be based out of the University of Primorska in Koper, Slovenia, ( with in-country trips as well as field trips to sites in neighboring Italy and Croatia. A valid passport is required.


This region is characterized by a high diversity of political and economic systems of individual states in the region, ranging from European Union members to underdeveloped countries. The problem of biological conservation on one hand and modern development on the other is a demanding task. Though conservation biology is considered the science of the 21st century and a prerequisite for effective biodiversity conservation, only a few university curricula in the region offer specialized courses in conservation biology. To enhance education and capacity building in the field of scientifically sound biodiversity conservation, the Croatian Biological Society organized an annual international graduate School of Conservation Biology (SCB) from 2005 - 2012. This course is a continuation of that original effort, with a new focus on conservation science applied to marine ecosystems.

Course Components

  • Lectures
  • Laboratories (primarily computer-based; bringing a laptop is highly beneficial for this class)
  • Discussions & Debates (readings!)
  • Invited (evening) talks - guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Student Projects – “final exam”

For more information, contact Program Leaders Dr. Scott Heppell or Dr. Selina Heppell.

Academic Emphasis: 
Environ. Science
Fisheries & Wildlife
Natural Resources
Program Administrator: 
OSU Faculty-Led
Program Costs: 

Cost Estimates:

  • Tuition (5 graduate credits): $2,250
  • Participant Fee: TBC

(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)

  • International Airfare:
  • U.S. Passport: $135
  • Books & Supplies:
  • Meals (not included in the Participant Fee)
  • Incidentals and miscellaneous:

Total Program Cost Estimate: TBC