[Coral-List] Summer Undergraduate Courses in Bonaire, Southern Caribbean

rbjpeachey at aol.com rbjpeachey at aol.com
Tue Feb 9 11:21:59 EST 2010

Dear Coral-listers:
If you know of undergraduate students that would be interested in a summer courses in Marine Ecology Field Research Methods or Tropical Marine Biology/Ecology; please pass this notice along to them.  Thanks in advance.  Cheers, Rita Peachey
Summer 2010 Bonaire, Southern Caribbean 
Undergraduate Study Abroad Program
CIEE is accepting applications for Summer 2010.  Summer I is 29 May – 19 June 2010 when 2 linked courses are offered:
Marine Ecology Field Research Methods (3 semester hr) 
In this course you will learn to use scuba as a research tool instrumental to understanding the underwater environment.  You will learn to record, collect and analyze scientific data that are collected underwater.  The course will introduce you to research techniques with broad applications in Marine Ecology while focusing on using scuba to better understand coral reef ecology in the southern Caribbean.  
Advanced Scuba (1 semester hr)
In Advanced Scuba you will expand your experience beyond the recreational dive level in order to participate fully in the scientific diving program at the CIEE Research Station in Bonaire.  You will learn techniques that will improve your dive skills and learn to respond to medical emergencies in or out of the water.  By the time you complete this course you will be eligible for certifications in Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Responder and Oxygen First Aid.  
Summer Session II is from 19 June – 3 July when 1 course is offered:
Marine Biology and Ecology in the Southern Caribbean (3 semester hr)
This course will provide you with an introduction to the ecological and biological principles important to coral reef communities.  More specifically, you will learn how reef, seagrass and mangrove systems are interconnected.  Ecological concepts such as competition, species and habitat diversity, adaptation, reproduction will be examined in the classroom and on the reef.  You will also learn to identify major fish, invertebrate and plants species in Bonaire.
Course descriptions can be found using the following link: 
http://www.cieebonaire.org/courses.html.  Students can register for Summer I, Summer II or both.  
Prerequisites: Overall GPA 2.75 or better, a semester of biology or environmental science and a nationally recognized open water SCUBA certification (or a PADI referral – you can do your check out dives in Bonaire)..  The deadline for application to the summer course is 1 April 2010.   
Interested students should contact Rita Peachey, Director of CIEE Research Station Bonaire at RPeachey at ciee.org or call 1-800-40-STUDY.  Register online at http://ciee.org/study/apply.aspx.  Contact the study abroad office at your institution to assist you with registration and course approval.  

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