[MARMAM] 2012 Belize Field Course!

Caryn Self-Sullivan cselfsullivan at gmail.com
Sun Dec 11 12:07:56 PST 2011

8th Annual Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation of Manatees &  
Dolphins:  A Unique Field Course in the Belize Barrier Reef Lagoon  

Want to be a Conservation Biologist, Behavioral Ecologist or Marine  
Mammalogist?  Here's your chance to join our research team for two  
intense weeks of total immersion into the world of animal behavior,  
ecology & conservation, Antillean manatees, bottlenose dolphins, coral  
reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds in Belize!

Website:  http://www.sirenian.org/2012FieldCourse.html
Dates for 2012:   Session I ~26 May - 8 June  |  Session II ~16 June -  
29 June  |  Session III ~7 July - 20 July
Lead Instructor & Principal Investigator:  Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D.,  
Nova Southeastern University, Sirenian International
Co-PI: Katie LaCommare, Ph.D., Lansing Community College

Course Overview:  This is an experiential learning field course where  
you will live, work, and study from a marine science field station on  
a pristine, private island off the coast of Belize.  Additionally, you  
will visit one or more Community Conservation Sites in Belize.  Data  
collected during the course will contribute to our long-term manatee/ 
dolphin research project.  You will learn through a variety of  
learning activities, literature review and discussion, independent  
research projects, and actual field research.  Be prepared to rise  
with the sun and spend 8-10 hours outdoors, including 3-4 hours on the  
water each day learning about the tropical Caribbean environment as we  
explore a maze of mangrove islands, seagrass beds, and coral patches  
searching for elusive manatees and charismatic dolphins.

Location: Spanish Bay Conservation & Research Center at Hugh Parkey's  
Belize Adventure Lodge, http://belizeadventurelodge.com/ and Sarteneja  
Alliance for Conservation & Development, http://sartenejaconservation.org/ 
.  Passport required, immunizations as recommended by CDC

Your Share of the Costs:  US$2995 includes housing, meals, ground &  
water transfer fees, research & materials fees; DOES NOT include  
airfare, books, tips, and credit hours.

Optional Credit Hours: The course provides 100 experiential learning  
and lecture hours in the field, plus approximately 35 hours of pre- 
field reading, research, and preparation; at least 50 of the 135 total  
hours include direct instruction by faculty.  This is comparable to a  
3 credit hour university course and meets the US DOE criteria in 34  
CFR, SS600.2.  You must make arrangements IN ADVANCE with BOTH your  
advising faculty and Dr. Self-Sullivan for credit to be earned through  
your home university.  Credit hour fees must be paid directly to your  
school and you must fulfill any study abroad requirements of your  
school.  This course 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 (~3 hours  
per day), project development & implementation (~2 hours per day),  
presentation of pre-field research (~1 hour per day), and debate/group  
discussion of reading materials (~1 hour per day).

Deadlines:  Early registration & and deposit due February 1st, 2012;  
regular registration & deposit due March 1st, 2012; balance due at  
least 60 days prior to field dates.  Late payments and late  
registrations (if space available) incur a $100 late fee.


Contact:  Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D.  |  cselfsullivan at sirenian dot  
org  |  +1.540.287.8207

Visit our Facebook Event Page:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=370432825564
Registration Form:  http://sirenian.org/2012BelizeRegistration.pdf
Detailed Syllabus:  http://sirenian.org/2012BelizeSyllabus.pdf
Policy & Liability Form:  http://sirenian.org/2012BelizePolicy.pdf
Recruit a Friend:  http://sirenian.org/2012BelizeFlyer.pdf
Field Course Expedition Briefing (14MB):  http://sirenian.org/2012BelizeBriefing.pdf

Posted by:
Caryn Self-Sullivan, PhD, KPA CTP
President & Co-founder, Sirenian International, Inc.
Consultant: Animal Behavior & Wildlife Conservation
Email:  cselfsullivan at sirenian.org
Phone:  +1.540.287.8207
Website:  http://sirenian.org
Blog: http://mermaidsandmermen.blogspot.com/

The mission of Sirenian International is to promote the long-term  
conservation of manatee and dugong populations around the world  
through research, education, and inter-cultural collaboration. Please  
remember us when budgeting for your charitable donations. Donate  
online at http://sirenian.org.

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