[Coral-List] Duke Marine Lab Summer Integrated Marine Conservation Program

Helen Nearing hnearing at duke.edu
Mon Dec 15 13:47:27 EST 2003


Duke University Integrated Marine Conservation Program

The Duke University Marine Laboratory is offering an unparalleled 
educational opportunity from July 5 to August 6, 2004. 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 2003 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, 
Ram Myers, Carl Safina, Jim Estes, 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 included 51 students from 34 different 
countries. In any particular year, we expect 5-15 international fellows. 
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 February 15.

Participants in the Integrated Marine Conservation Program usually enroll 
in the program's 'core' course (Conservation Biology and Policy) and one of 
six elective courses offered concurrently (Biology and Conservation of Sea 
Turtles; Marine Mammals; Marine Ecology; Marine Invertebrate Zoology; 
Marine Policy; Independent Research). Enrollment 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 (applications due April 1) and three 
fellowships to international students attending Biology and Conservation of 
Sea Turtles (applications due February 15).

For further information, visit 
or contact ml_admissions at env.duke.edu; 252/504-7502.

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