[MARMAM] MM Field Course in Belize: 2 openings left

Caryn Self-Sullivan caryns at sirenian.org
Fri Apr 24 21:28:01 PDT 2009

Want to be a Marine Mammal Biologist? Or perhaps a Behavioral Ecologist?
Here's your chance to challenge yourself under the tutelage of Drs. Caryn
Self-Sullivan, Bruce Schulte, and Katie LaCommare during two intense weeks
of total immersion into the world of animal behavior, manatees, bottlenose
dolphins, and marine ecology in Belize!  
Become totally immersed into island living, behavioral ecology and marine
biology through lectures and learning activities, literature review, debate,
projects, 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, a pristine
mangrove/seagrass/coral ecosystem just 15 minutes offshore from Belize City.

Get out of the classroom! You'll spend 3-4 hours on the water each day
learning about the environment as we explore a labyrinth of mangrove
islands, seagrass beds, and coral patches searching for elusive manatees and
charismatic dolphins. You'll collect behavioral and environmental data and
learn about photo-id techniques; you'll develop a Fact Sheet or Activity
Booklet about a related topic to be published by the Hugh Parkey Foundation
for Marine Awareness & Education and/or Sirenian International.
Extra-curricular activities include diving or snorkeling at Turneffe Atoll,
and exploring an ancient Maya City. 

This unique course has a work load equivalent to 4 university credit hours
and is divided into 4 major components: lectures and learning activities (~1
hour per day), independent reading and assignments (~2 hour per day), data
collection in the field (~4 hours per day), project development (~1 hours
per day) and debate/group discussion of reading materials (~1 hours per

Want credit towards your degree? No problem! Sign up for independent study
with an advisor at your school and pay the appropriate fees. The course has
70 contact hours and is comparable to a 4 credit university course. Just
have you advisor contact Dr. Self-Sullivan (cselfsullivan at georgiasouthern.
edu) to discuss the requirements for credit. 

COSTS: $2595 includes housing, meals, field trips, ground & water transfer
fees, research & materials fees, books; DOES NOT include airfare, tips, or
credit hours


Dr. Caryn Self-Sullivan, Instructor I: http://www.sirenian.org/caryn.html
Dr. Bruce Schulte, Instructor II:
ABD, Katie LaCommare, Instructor III: 
Course Flyer: http://sirenian.org/CourseFlyer2009.pdf
Location: http://belizeadventurelodge.com
Syllabus: http://www.sirenian.org/CourseSyllabus2009.html
Registration: http://sirenian.org/RegistrationForm2009.pdf

Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D.
President & Co-founder, Sirenian International
Temporary Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University
Mobile: 540.287.8207 | Fax: 540.242.9196
Email: caryns at sirenian.org OR cselfsullivan at georgiasouthern.edu

The mission of Sirenian International is to promote the long-term
conservation of manatee and dugong populations and our shared aquatic
habitats around the world through research, educational outreach, and
capacity building. Please remember us when budgeting for your charitable
donations. Adopt a Mermaid Ambassador or Donate online at

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