Pitzer Spotlights

Sabrina Dence '06, Fulbright to Panama

Sabrina Dence
Sabrina Dence '06 will be studying primate ecotourism in Panama as a Fulbright Scholar.

Sabrina Dence will be conducting research on the small island of Isla Colónin Bocas Del Toro, Panama as a Fulbright Scholar. She will be studying primate research methods and conducting primate ecotourism research at a local field school. Dence says, “I intend on teaching the knowledge to the people who can make the best use of this information, the Panamanian children and adults. By teaching the people about their impact on the environment, I hope they can develop a stronger appreciation of their ecosystem, thereby promoting conservation.”

Dence has received an invitation of acceptance to the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (ITEC) at Isla Colon, in Bocas Del Toro, Panama, a non-profit education, research and conservation corporation that offers field ecology courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Her studies at the Institute cover multiple aspects of the environment in Panama, from the canopy of the tropical rain forest to the coral reefs. Once knowledgeable about the tropical ecology of Bocas del Toro, Dence will better understand how tourists change the ecology.

“Studying primate ecotourism in Panama will make me a well-rounded researcher and help me achieve my long-term goal of acquiring a Master’s in Zoology,” according to Dence.

Dence participated in Pitzer’s summer health program in Costa Rica.

—Susan Andrews