[MARMAM] 2011 Field Course in Belize!
caryns at sirenian.org
Sat Feb 26 05:11:45 PST 2011
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, mangrove forests, and
seagrass beds in Belize!
Course Overview: This is a total immersion 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. Data collected
during the course will contribute to our long-term manatee/dolphin
research project established in 1998. You will learn through a
variety of learning activities, literature review and discussion,
independent and team 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. The course is divided into 4 major components: lectures/
learning activities (~1 hour per day), independent reading and
assignments (~2 hour per day), data collection in the field (~3 hours
per day), individual project development & implementation (~2 hours
per day), presentation of pre-field component (~1 hour per day), and
debate/group discussion of reading materials (~1 hour per day). Two
days of extra-curricular activities are included: (1) diving or
snorkeling at Turneffe Atoll, and (2) exploring an ancient Maya City.
Additional, optional SCUBA dives are available as time and weather
permits, but additional costs are involved.
LOCATION: Spanish Bay Conservation & Research Center at Hugh Parkey's
Belize Adventure Lodge, http://belizeadventurelodge.com/ (Passport
COSTS: US$2995 includes housing, meals, most tips, field trips,
ground & water transfer fees, research & materials fees; DOES NOT
include airfare, books, extra tips, or credit hours.
CREDIT HOURS: The course has ~60 contact hours and is comparable to a
3 credit hour university course. You must make arrangements IN
ADVANCE with BOTH your advising faculty and Dr. Self-Sullivan for
credit to be given through your home university. Credit hour fees
must be paid directly to your school and you must fulfill all study
abroad requirements of your school.
DEADLINES: Early registration & and deposit due March 15, 2011;
regular registration & deposit due April 1st, 2011; balance due April
15th, 2011. Late registration (after April 1st--if space available)
incurs a $100 late fee. If you are registering through your home
university, earlier deadlines may exist; please check with your
MINIMUM / MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE: 8-24 students
LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=370432825564
Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D.
Email: caryns at sirenian.org
200 Stonewall Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-2110
Mobile: 540.287.8207 | Fax: 888.371.4998
Adjunct Faculty, Nova Southeastern University
President & Co-founder, Sirenian International, Inc.
Join me in Belize this summer!
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