[MARMAM] Manatee & Dolphin Field Course & Research Opportunity

Caryn Self-Sullivan caryn at sirenian.org
Tue Mar 25 10:03:21 PDT 2008

Ecology, Behavior & Conservation of Manatees & Dolphins
A Unique Field Course in the Drowned Cayes, Belize

May 31 - June 13, 2008
Sign-up now - space is limited to 24 students!

Want to be a marine mammal scientist?  Here's your chance to join our team
for 2 intense weeks of research on Antillean manatees and bottlenose
dolphins in Belize!  You will be totally immersed in the study of manatees
and dolphins through lectures, literature review, and field research.  

This unique field course combines an overview of the ecology, behavior, and
conservation of sirenians and cetaceans with hands-on manatee & dolphin
research in the Drowned Cayes, Belize, as part of a long-term research
project in place since 1998.  You'll spend 3-4 hours on the water each day
as we explore a labyrinth of mangrove islands and seagrass beds searching
for elusive manatees and charismatic dolphins.  You'll collect behavioral
and environmental data and learn about photo-id techniques; you'll help
reduce and analyze data, and interpret results.  To date, research on this
project has resulted in 6 presentations at scientific conferences, 3
peer-reviewed publications, 1 MS Thesis, and 1 PhD Dissertation (visit link
to Instructor's CV, below, for more information).

For more information: 

Credit:  The course is hosted by the Hugh Parkey Foundation for Marine
Awareness & Education and Spanish Bay Conservation & Research Center as a
non-credit course.  The lecture and field lab hours are equivalent of a
4-credit hour academic course; instructor will work with your academic
advisor if credit is desired.  

Location:  Hugh Parkey's Belize Adventure Lodge
http://www.belizeadventurelodge.com; extra-curricular activities include
snorkeling on the reef, and exploring an ancient Maya City. 

Your Share of Costs:  $2495 includes housing, meals, field trips, ground &
water transfers fees - DOES NOT include airfare, insurance, or credit hours;
students are required to have in place or purchase travel insurance
equivalent to DAN Insurance, which costs $99/year.  

Instructor:	Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D. (May 2008)
Caryn Self Sullivan, Marine Scientist 
200 Stonewall Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Email: caryn at sirenian.org
Mobile: 540.287.8207
Personal Fax: 540.242.9126
Texas A&M University, Ph.D. (May 2008) 
Sirenian International, President & Co-Founder 
Earthwatch Institute, Principal Investigator 
Coastal Carolina University Class of 1997

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conservation of manatee and dugong populations and our shared aquatic
habitats around the world through research, educational outreach, and
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