[Coral-List] Posting for CCMI & Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences, Rutgers Uni - Winter/Summer Programs

Sally Coppage coppage at reefresearch.org
Wed Nov 19 08:16:15 EST 2008





CORAL REEF ECOLOGY                        January 2 - January 9  2009 
3 Undergraduate or Graduate Credits from the Institute of Marine & Coastal
Sciences, Rutgers University.

The spectacular coral reefs around Little Cayman Island are the classroom
for this field-based short course. The Coral Reef Ecology class explores
major ecological themes that include community organization and biodiversity
of reef organisms, ecologic successions, adaptive strategies, trophic
structure, and reef zonation. Students spend each day in the field and
participate in evening discussions. Field studies reinforce the complex
dynamics that are important in tropical ecosystems and we will examine the
primary stressors resulting in the major changes being reported on reefs
around the world.

`````````APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 13th.  



TROPICAL MARINE CONSERVATION          July 19 - August 07 2009 
4 Undergraduate or Graduate Credits from the Institute of Marine & Coastal
Sciences, Rutgers University.

This program provides a research internship framework that involves marine
ecology and conservation principles. Participants conduct coral reef
ecosystem field research with a principal investigator.

As part of 10 years of active research by the Central Caribbean Marine
Institute (CCMI), students are engaged in data collection at one of the
world's most beautiful coral reefs surrounding Little Cayman and the Bloody
Bay Marine Park.  CCMI invites students to help in this important work to
understand the major declines in reef communities and to become aware of
conservation practices.  The program goals are to enhance student research
training, increase the interest in coral reef science and conservation, and
to provide useful data to assist CCMI in our long-term ecosystem research.

Students prepare for marine conservation research by learning principles of
sustainability, essential theories of marine protection and management, and
by reviewing case studies. Students work in teams on field research projects
that explore the successes and failures of marine protection and complete a
joint research poster that may be published or presented at a national or
international conference. 

````````````````````APPLICATION DEADLINE:  March 1, 2009

Admission is rolling and spaces do fill up. Applying early is best.

To learn more and to see The Little Cayman Research Centre
http://www.reefresearch.org <http://www.reefresearch.org/>  

Students work and live at the Little Cayman Research Center. This new field
station, which overlooks the Caribbean Sea, has dormitory style rooms, three
flowing sea water laboratories, large classroom and is equipped for
biological and ecological studies,. We serve three full meals each day. Our
bath house is the first model of sustainable development for the Cayman
Islands.   Little Cayman is consistently ranked as the best diving
destination in the Caribbean because of the stunning reef walls, shallow
reef structures, and large undersea life, including sea turtles and the
endangered Nassau grouper. 

Undergraduate and graduate course credit is offered through the Rutgers
University Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences and the Rutgers Study
Abroad (Cayman Islands) program. All registration requirements and payment
for this course must be processed through Rutgers Study Abroad program.

Students may also email Rutgers at RU_Abroad at email.rutgers.edu or call
732-932-7787. Additional course information can be requested from CCMI's
education officer at ccmiapplications at reefresearch.org.

SCUBA Divers are encouraged to apply but non-certified participants are also



Sally Coppage

Education Officer

Central Caribbean Marine Institute

P.O. Box 10152   

Grand Cayman  Cayman Islands  KY1-1002


coppage at reefresearch.org


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