Midway Atoll Summer Course

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From: Karla McDermid <mcdermid at hawaii.edu>
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 1997 14:32:50 -1000
Subject: marbio: Midway Atoll Summer Course

The formal brochures have not been mailed out yet, nor are the summer
school catalogs all printed, but here is a highlight from our University
of Hawai'i at Hilo summer session in Marine Science course offerings:

The Atoll Ecosystem (MARE 310) 3 credits

Learn about atolls while on an atoll!  Atolls are special ecosystems that
consist of small islets and hundreds of thousands of acres of submerged
reef and ocean.  This two week course will be conducted entirely within
the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, 1800 miles northwest of Hilo.
Midway is home to over two million Laysan and Black-footed albatrosses, 14
other species of seabirds, as well as Hawaiian monk seals, green sea
turtles, spinner dolphins, and countless fish and invertebrates.  While on
Midway, the formation, structure, distribution and oceanography of atolls
will be studied in situ.  Students will observe first-hand the marine and
terrestrial biota of Midway Atoll while learning about the ecology of
atolls.  Human impacts on atoll environments and atoll resource management
issues will be discussed.  Students will learn through personal
observation, lectures by UH Hilo faculty and US Fish and Wildlife Service
biologists, fieldtrips, and primary sources from current scientific
literature.  This course requires a prior college-level biology or
oceanography course, or the consent of the instructor.
Dates: June 20 - July 4, 1997
Price: $2275 includes roundtrip airfare from Lihue, Kauai to Midway,
bicycle use, room, 3 meals/day, and boat transporation for fieldtrips.
Tuition, summer session fees and airfare to Kauai not included.
Class size limited to 17 students.

For more information contact:
Karla McDermid or Walter Dudley
Marine Science Dept.
University of Hawai'i at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St.  Hilo, HI 96720

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