Tropical Marine Ecology Course in Akumal, Mexico

Drew Harvell cdh5 at
Thu Feb 13 10:38:09 EST 2003

> SHOALS MARINE LABORATORY (Cornell University / University of New
> Hampshire)

> announces the continuation of its on-going course on the Yucatan
> Peninsula, in Akumal, Mexico:
> Tropical Marine Science
>      Dates: June 16 - July 14, 2003
>      … Semester Credits Earned: 6
>      … Cost: $3,200 (this price does not include airfare or meals
>      while in Akumal)
>      … Cornell course numbers: BIOSM 418
> Prerequisites:  Recognized SCUBA certification, a medical examination, one
> full year of college level biology, and permission of instructors. This is
> a course designed for students interested in learning about coral reef
> ecology and conservation in an environment where these topics are of
> immediate concern.  Students will spend four weeks in Akumal, Mexico, a
> small resort town located about 60 miles south of Cancun on the Caribbean
> coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.  Housing will be provided by the Centro
> Ecologico Akumal (, a local organization
> dedicated to the sustainable development of Akumal and the protection of
> its coral reefs.  Akumal is a developing center for research in coral reef
> biology and ecology.  Limited to 15 students.

> The first two weeks will be spent studying basic coral reef ecology and
> learning the benthic fauna of the local reefs.  During the following two
> weeks, students will participate in a reef monitoring project that will
> aid in the establishment of a marine park in Akumal.  TMS students will
> have the opportunity to interact with the scientists involved in this
> research through discussions and field work.

> Faculty involved with the course this summer include Professors Kiho Kim
> (American University), Garriet Smith (University of South Carolina),  Sean
> Grace (Salve Regina) and Drew Harvell (Cornell University).

> For a detailed course description, please go to:

For more information, please contact Laurie Johnson via email:
lhj1 at


Drew Harvell
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
E- 321 Corson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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