[Coral-List] Tropical Island Ecosystems: Ecology and Conservation, Field Course - The Bahamas

Annabelle Oronti oronti at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Apr 9 14:20:13 EDT 2008

Tropical Island Ecosystems: Ecology and Conservation 

Eleuthera, The Bahamas
July 30th - August 12th 2008

Course Summary 

The Cape Eleuthera Institute (www.ceibahamas.org), Eleuthera, the Bahamas, is offering undergraduate students and interested professionals a 12 day course in a unique and dynamic environment. Students will: 

  a.. gain an understanding of the natural history of tropical islands through studies in a number of coastal and terrestrial environments including patch reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove flats and forests. 
  b.. encounter a broad range of flora and fauna, with emphasis on shark, bonefish, lionfish, and Caribbean long-spined sea urchin ecology. 
  c.. examine how agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, and tourism-based development have presented major challenges to island ecosystems. 
  d.. be introduced to various conservation practices conducted through research, sustainable coastal resource management, and marine protected areas.  
Located on a sustainably designed campus, this course will be devoted to learning through field exercises and excursions (snorkelling, diving, and boat tours), lectures, and student-lead seminar presentations.  The course centers around a three day exploration of the entire island of Eleuthera, providing ample opportunities to observe a variety of ecosystems, the local culture, and examples of anthropogenic disturbance and socioeconomic issues. Non-certified and certified scuba divers will be accepted onto the course. Those not certified have the option to gain their PADI Open Water SCUBA certification, which will require arrival two days prior to course start date to complete training and theory.


Instructors: Annabelle Oronti M.S, Offshore Aquaculture Program, Aaron Shultz, M.S, Flats Ecology Program, Edward Brooks, PhD candidate, Shark Program, Colleen O'Brien M.S, Agricultural Systems Manager

Participation cost: US$ 1,800 for certified divers or those not wanting to dive. US$ 2,200 for participants wishing to gain PADI certification. Cost includes US$ 500 non-refundable admission fee.

Cost includes: 
*           Course tuition 
*           Accommodations and meals
*           PADI SCUBA Certification course (excluding manual)
*           Vehicle and boat transportation to field / dive excursions/airport
*           Reading materials 
*           Does NOT include: Flights and taxes


Please contact annabelleoronti at ceibahamas.org Tel. 1 609 945 0710 for more information.

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