Duke University Integrated Marine Conservation Program

Helen Nearing hnearing at duke.edu
Wed Dec 12 12:23:25 EST 2001


Duke University Integrated Marine Conservation Program

The Duke University Marine Laboratory is offering an unparalleled
educational opportunity from July 8 to August 9, 2002.  Duke's Integrated
Marine Conservation Program teaches the principles necessary for the
conservation and preservation of the coastal and oceanic environment.  The
focus is on interdisciplinary problem solving--using natural and social
science theory to resolve real world environmental problems. 

This program is a tremendous opportunity for students at any level to think
about conservation biology and policy in an environment full of students
and faculty grappling with the same issues.  The core class (BIO 109/ENV
209 Conservation Biology and Policy) involves field trips,
discussion groups, role play (in 2000 it was a fishery management
scenario), lecture, and a final project for graduate students that focuses
on the integration of science and policy. Undergraduate students will have
a case-study based final exam.  Students will leave the class with an
appreciation of the policy process, as well as with a grounding in the
fundamentals of marine conservation.  There may be no other course,
anywhere, that can offer as much in an intensive 5-week summer session.

In addition to the classwork, the session hosts a Distinguished
Conservation Scholar each week to give a lecture, to lead discussions, and
to be available to meet with students on an individual basis.  Speakers in
the past have included such scientists as Jane Lubchenco, Jeremy Jackson,
Richard Barber, and Kai Lee, and non-scientists such as Pulitzer-Prize
winning environmental reporter John McQuaid.

A final and critical dimension to the class comes from the presence of
international students, who often have first-hand knowledge of conservation
battles and have worked to influence environmental policy.  Past
international participants have come from countries such as Cameroon,
Liberia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Israel, and South Africa.  Interaction
with these individuals does much to foster awareness of the difficulty of
implementing conservation at the ground level.  If funding is available
several special fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to
international students, especially those from developing countries, to
attend BIO 109/ENV 209.  The Global Fellows in Marine Conservation
application credentials are due April 1st.   

Participants in the Integrated Marine Conservation Program usually enroll
in the program's 'core' course (Conservation Biology and Policy) and one of
seven elective courses offered concurrently (Biology and Conservation of
Sea Turtles; Marine Mammals; Marine Ecology; Marine Invertebrate
Zoology;Barrier Island Ecology; Marine Policy; Independent Research).
in any one course is also possible.  Applications for the Integrated Marine
Conservation Program will be accepted until the program is full. 

Duke University Marine Lab summer tuition scholarships are awarded to
either U.S. or non-U.S. citizens on a competitive basis and cover full
tuition for any one course in Term II.  These summer tuition scholarship
applications are due April 1st.   Additionally,  a grant from Panaphil
Foundation allows the Duke Marine Laboratory to offer three tuition
scholarships to U.S. citizens and three fellowships to international
students attending Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles.  These
applications are due April 1st.  

For further information, visit
http://www.env.duke.edu/marinelab/mlterm2.html or contact
ml_admissions at env.duke.edu;  252/504-7502. 

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