[MARMAM] Oceanic Society Research Course

MOTA,MARIO JORGE chelonia at UFL.EDU
Wed Apr 4 17:56:55 PDT 2007


Hello everyone

Please see the announcement for Oceanic Society's field course in 
Belize.  For further information, please contact OS directly at 
800) 326-7491.


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Oceanic Society Research Course

Field Course in Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Antillean 
Manatees, Loggerhead Sea Turtles and Bottlenose Dolphins: GIS 
mapping and boat surveys

Field Site: Oceanic Society Field Station, Blackbyrd Caye, 
Turneffe Atoll, Belize

Date: June 19-23, 2007
Instructors: Dr. Leslee Parr, San Jos? State University; Mario 
Mota, University of Florida.  Local Belizean researchers will also 
contribute to the course.

Cost: $1090 - Four students per cabana with shared bath and 3 
meals/day.  A double occupancy option is available for $1,390.

Air Travel: Please call the Oceanic Society for details 
(415-441-1106)or(800) 326-7491

Course Description: Students will participate in a hands-on field 
study.  This course will include instruction in general marine 
mammal and turtle ecology, anatomy, physiology, evolution and 
population biology and specifics about bottlenose dolphins, 
Antillean manatees, and Loggerhead turtles in Belize. Students 
will learn field assessment methods for dolphins, manatees, and 
turtles in their habitat, including GPS use and basic GIS location 
mapping. Discussion of conservation issues particularly related to 
isolated tropical ecosystems.  Field excursions from the Blackbird 
Oceanic Field Station will compliment lectures and presentations.

Location Description:  Blackbird Caye is approximately 90 minutes 
by motor vessel east of Belize City.   Operated by the Oceanic 
Society (www.oceanic-society.org), the Blackbird Caye Field 
Station sits on a low sand and mangrove island archipelago within 
the barrier reef system of Belize.   This is a remote tropical 
island with no medical facilities.   A private airstrip is 
available for emergency evacuation.

Class format: Class size is small (10 maximum).   Please contact 
the Oceanic Society in San Francisco for details at 415 441 1106 
or (800) 326-7491.  Course info: 
www.oceanic-society.org/pages/alltrips/spectrip5.html




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