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Student filmmakers document the habitat of Costa Rica

Posted Jan. 7, 2014

Kent State JMC in Costa RicaLion ants. Crocodiles. Howler monkeys. Scorpions. Venomous snakes. And hundreds of butterflies. Ten Kent State filmmakers with a sense for adventure and an (apparently) insatiable taste for rice and beans spent three weeks during holiday break chronicling the forests, roads and waterways of Costa Rica as part of a study abroad assignment organized by JMC Professor David Smeltzer.


The student filmmakers headed to Costa Rica on December 27 for three weeks of filming in the wild, exotic and colorful landscape.Kent State JMC in Costa Rica From the dry forest of Palo Verde, to the cloud forest of San Ramon and the research center of La Selva, the student filmmakers trekked alongside Costa Rican student researchers to film their study of insect life in cloud and dry forests of Central America’s “rich coast.” Along the way, the students swam under a waterfall, took long hikes and hot bus trips, navigated the local marketplaces and economy, discovered amazing Costa Rican ice cream and rang in the New Year surrounded by the spectacular flora and fauna of a country that contains an estimated 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity.

To join the students as they complete their study abroad experience, follow the blog of Courtney Citro, a senior electronic media major. Follow the JMC Facebook page for updates.

(Photos courtesy of JMC students Courtney Citro and Paul Wiedt.)