Tropical Marine Science Course in Akumal, Mexico

Drew Harvell cdh5 at
Fri Mar 22 14:26:26 EST 2002

> SHOALS MARINE LABORATORY (Cornell University/University of New Hampshire)
> announces continuation of its on-going course on

the Yucatan Peninsula, in Akumal, Mexico. Faculty involved with the 8 week
course this summer include Professors John Bruno, Drew Harvell, Bob
Carpenter and Sean Grace.

Tropical Marine Science and Research in Biology

BIOSM 418 and BIOSM 499 (This course takes place in Akumal, Mexico)
Twelve semester credits.  JUNE 9 - AUGUST 4, 2002.
Prerequisites:  Recognized SCUBA certification, a medical examination, one
full year of college level biology, and permission of instructors.  Daily
discussions and field work.  Total cost $5,500.  (Approximate cost, does not
include airfare or meals).  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 eight 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.  The first two weeks will be spent studying
basic coral reef ecology and learning the benthic fauna of the local reefs.
During the following five weeks, students will participate in a reef
monitoring project that will aid in the establishment of a marine park in
Akumal.  Each student is required to design and implement an independent
research project, produce a written report of their findings and present
their results during the final week of the course.

For a detailed course description, please go to:

For more information, please contact Laurie Johnson <lhj1 at>


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

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