[MARMAM] MM Field Course Summer 2009 Belize
caryn_sullivan at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 10 08:04:38 PST 2009
Ecology, Behavior & Conservation of Manatees & Dolphins
A Unique Field Course in the Drowned Cayes, Belize
May 30 - June 12, 2009
Register Early - space is limited to 24 students!
Instructors: Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D.1, 2 and Bruce A. Schulte, Ph.D.1
1Department of Biology, Georgia Southern University
2President & Co-founder, Sirenian International
Want to be a Marine Mammal Biologist? Want to be a Behavioral Ecologist?
Here's your chance to join our research team for two intense weeks of total
immersion into the world of Animal Behavior, Antillean manatees, bottlenose
dolphins 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.
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.
Remember, if you are interested in getting independent study credit for this
course at your school, you must make arrangements IN ADVANCE with BOTH your
advising faculty and the course instructor. Credit hour fees must be paid
directly to your school and you must fulfill any Study Abroad requirements
at your school.
For more information start here:
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/diving on the reef, and exploring an ancient Maya City.
Your Share of Costs: $2595 includes course materials, housing, meals, field
trips, ground & water transfers fees DOES NOT include airfare, insurance,
tips, or credit hours; students are required to have in place or purchase
travel insurance equivalent to DAN Insurance, which costs $99/year.
Instructor Links: Caryn Self-Sullivan <http://www.sirenian.org/caryn.html> ,
Ph.D. and Bruce A. Schulte
Caryn Self Sullivan, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
202 Georgia Avenue, P. O. Box 8042
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8042
Email: cselfsullivan at georgiasouthern.edu
Office: Biology 2202B
Sirenian International, Inc.
200 Stonewall Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Email: caryns at sirenian.org
Personal Fax: +1.540.242.9196
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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