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Karin Gastreich
Assistant Professor
Biology Department
Avila University
Si el Norte Fuera el Sur: A Case of Squirrel Monkey Identities

In this case study, students are given the task of developing a recovery plan to protect a recently discovered population of Central American squirrel monkeys on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. In the process they must determine whether the population is a separate species or related to another species of monkeys in the area. The case was originally designed for a course on fundamentals of tropical biology. The activity is adapted from another case study in the NCCSTS case collection: "Trouble in Paradise: A Case of Speciation" by James A. Hewlett. Due to the open-ended nature of the activity, there is no separate answer key for this case.