[MARMAM] Belize: Early Registration Deadline March 1

Caryn Self-Sullivan caryns at sirenian.org
Thu Feb 25 18:25:19 PST 2010


Behavior, Ecology & Conservation of Marine Mammals:  A Unique Field  
Course in Belize

INSTRUCTORS: Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D.1, 2, Bruce A. Schulte, Ph.D.4,  
Katherine S. LaCommare, M.S., ABD 2,3, Jessica R. Young, Ph.D.5

DATES: May 26 - June 8, 2010 (inclusive of travel)

Become totally immersed into island living, the study of animal  
behavior, ecology, and conservation of manatees and dolphins 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,  
and other marine animals, with hands-on manatee & dolphin research in  
the Drowned Cayes, Belize. 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  
conduct a mini-research project on the behavior of an animal easily  
observed on our remote mangrove island and 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.



LOCATION: Spanish Bay Conservation & Research Center at Hugh Parkey's  
Belize Adventure Lodge, http://belizeadventurelodge.com/

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

DEADLINES: Early Registration ($50-$100 Discount) due March 1st, 2010;  
Regular Registration due April 1st, 2010

MINIMUM / MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 8-24 students

REGISTRATION: http://sirenian.org/RegistrationForm2010.pdf

Detailed Syllabus: http://sirenian.org/CourseSyllabus2010.pdf

Course Policy and Liability Form: http://sirenian.org/CoursePolicy2010.pdf

Course Briefing Document: http://sirenian.org/CourseBriefing2010.pdf

For more information on the course, please email caryns at sirenian.org  
or cselfsullivan at georgiasouthern.edu

1 Dr. Caryn Self-Sullivan is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia  
Southern University.

4 Dr. Bruce Schulte is a Professor and Department Head at Western  
Kentucky University.

3 Katherine LaCommare is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of  
Massachusetts, Boston, and an instructor at Lansing Community College  
in Michigan.

5 Dr. Jessica Young is a Professor at Western State College of Colorado.

2 Caryn and Katie are the co-founders of Sirenian International.

For more information on the instructors, please visit http://sirenian.org/caryn.html 
  and http://bioweb.wku.edu/faculty/Schulte/Default.asp and http://www.western.edu/faculty/jyoung/

For more information on the facilities, please visit http://belizeadventurelodge.com/

Download a Course Flyer at http://sirenian.org/CourseFlyer2010.pdf
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