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The Coral Reef Ecology course exposes students to the responses of coral reefs to changing environmental conditions associated with global change. CRE is an intensive, integrated program comprising lectures, required reading, laboratory exercises and fie
Location:
Saint George, Bermuda
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
This course explores the responses of coral reefs to environmental change and focuses on reef ecology from two fundamental perspectives: 1) reef biogeochemistry emphasizes the ecosystem processes of metabolism (primary production and respiration) and calcification, and 2) reef resilience emphasizes the processes of reproduction and recruitment. Lectures will be complemented with field and laboratory exercises. Students will gain experience in field techniques measuring metabolism and calcification, assessing recruitment recovery, monitoring bleaching, disease, and invasive species. Laboratory experiments will include coral fertilization, symbiosis and bleaching, and use of a flume mesocosm to investigate effects of temperature and acidification on metabolism and calcification of different types of reef communities.

The Coral Reef Ecology course exposes students to the responses of coral reefs to changing environmental conditions associated with global change. CRE is an intensive, integrated program comprising lectures, required reading, laboratory exercises and field surveys. The lectures cover a broad range of relevant topics and ecological principles in coral reef ecology that are supplemented by readings from the primary literature, with attention given to active areas of research.

Graduate and undergraduate students at BIOS can participate in a variety of summer and fall semester courses, gain valuable laboratory and field experience as interns, and work on collaborative research projects alongside BIOS faculty. Bermuda is uniquely situated to serve as a base for research on a variety of coastal and deep water issues, and is home to some of the world’s most northern coral reefs, allowing unique research and educational opportunities.
Setting Description:
Founded in 1903, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is a world-class ocean science research and education facility. At BIOS, we believe that ocean science for human good involves not only research with tangible benefits for communities and the environment, but also education programs that highlight the many ways our lives are connected with the ocean. We view education as a crucial part of ocean science research, helping to translate the work of our faculty into meaningful experiences for visitors, students, teachers, and Bermuda residents.
Cost:
$4,900 (Students from all nationalities can apply to BIOS for scholarships to assist with the course fee)

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