[Coral-List] TCC Coral Reef Ecology Field Course, Winter 2013

Carlos G. A. Ormond cormond at sfu.ca
Mon Oct 21 16:32:28 EDT 2013

Dear Coral-List members, 

Apologies for cross-posting. See below for information on an exciting field course opportunity in Panama this winter with the Tropical Conservation Consortium (TCC). We are seeking bright and highly motivated applicants; please share with students or individuals who might be interested in such an opportunity. 

Kind regards, 

(December 17th- January 4th) 


INSTRUCTORS: Carlos Ormond, Ph.D. cormond at sfu.ca; Laís Chaves, Ph.D. lchaves at tropicalcc.org; and Micah J. Marty, MS(c) mjm5853 at uncw.edu 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 15th, 2013. Registration is limited; it is recommended that prospective students express their interest to info at tropicalcc.org 

This intensive 3-week course is designed to build advanced understanding of coral reef ecosystems and offer practical experience in marine ecology field research. Learning outcomes include comprehension of marine ecology; knowledge of Caribbean taxa and their ecology; scientific criticism; development, implementation, analysis, and presentation of an independent research project; beginning scientific diving; and practical field skills. Content presented through lecture is paired with field activities to reinforce concepts and ideas. There are opportunities to study the social sciences that relate to coral reefs, so students in disciplines outside of marine ecology are invited to apply as well. The flexibility of the course design and the high instructor:student ratio provides an exceptional opportunity to the motivated student. 

Much of the course is spent learning field techniques and carrying out various activities, but dive certification is not necessary to enroll in this course. All students will require snorkel equipment (mask/fins/snorkel) and those with SCUBA certification are expected to bring their own BCD, regulator, and proof of certification. 

Tuition is $2500 USD and includes all room and board while at the field station during the three weeks of the course, plus boat use and field expenses (e.g. dive cylinders). University credit can be obtained for this course through your home institution; contact TCC for more details. 

For more information, please visit the course page www.tropicalcc.org/fieldcourses/cre or contact info at tropicalcc.org 

Carlos G. A. Ormond, Ph.D. 
Instructor & Research Coordinator | Institute for Environmental Learning | Simon Fraser University (eco-learning.org) 
Executive Director | Tropical Conservation Consortium (tropicalcc.org) 
Ph: 604-512-8254 | Skype: carlos.ormond 

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