Program Details

This is an introductory course to tropical marine ecology looking in particular at the biodiversity and ecology of mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs in the Caribbean, with special focus on the Belize Barrier Reef. It describes the main conservation is
Location:
Belmopan, Belize
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
The University of Belize Environmental Research Institute offers an exciting field course on one of three unique offshore coral atolls in the Caribbean on the second longest barrier reef, the Belize Barrier Reef. Come experience the clear waters, abundant wildlife, dense seagrass beds and colorful, vibrant coral reefs at the Turneffe Atoll while learning about the biodiversity and ecology of these ecosystems.

This is an introductory course to tropical marine ecology looking in particular at the biodiversity and ecology of mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs in the Caribbean, with special focus on the Belize Barrier Reef. It describes the main conservation issues associated with these systems and examine management strategies being utilized in Belize through case studies. Prerequisites: A basic biology background and ideally general biology, ecology and/or environmental sciences with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

By enrolling in this course you will get the opportunity to gain field experience while working in tropical marine ecosystems, build scientific knowledge, experience local cultures, and snorkel the atoll's remarkable reefs, flats, and mangrove systems.
Setting Description:
The course takes place at the UB ERI's Calabash Caye Field Station (CCFS)located in the Turneffe Atoll which is 50 km offshore of Belize City, Belize. Travel time varies from 1 to 2 hours depending on vessel and weather conditions. The field station sits on a 5-acre plot on Calabash Caye in the southeastern part of Turneffe. Turneffe is the largest of the three offshore atolls that form part of the Belize Barrier Reef and provides a habitat for a number of threatened and endangered species. It also has endemic species such as the white spotted toadfish found nowhere else in the Belize or the world.
Cost:
A cost of US$1,762.00 per student covers all expenses from arrival to departure including, tuition and fees, ground and sea transportation, accommodation, meals, boat and snorkel gear rental, and lab fees.

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