[Coral-List] Call for Applicants: TCC Coral Reef Ecology Field Course Sept 2014

Carlos G. A. Ormond cormond at sfu.ca
Tue Jun 17 15:32:51 EDT 2014

Dear Coral-List members, 

Apologies for cross-posting. See below for information on an exciting field course opportunity in Panama this September 2014 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, 

(September 2nd - 22nd, 2014) 


INSTRUCTORS: Carlos Ormond, PhD cormond at sfu.ca; Laís Chaves, PhD lchaves at tropicalcc.org; and Joao Feitosa, PhD jfeitosa at tropicalcc.org 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 23rd, 2014. 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: Tuition is $2600 USD, and includes room and board during the three weeks of the course in addition to field expenses (e.g. dive cylinders, weights). 

ACADEMIC CREDIT: 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/coral-reef-ecology/ or contact info at tropicalcc.org 

- Carlos 

Carlos G. A. Ormond, PhD 
Executive Director & Faculty 

Tropical Conservation Consortium 
Ph: +1 604 512 8254 (Canada) 
Ph: +11 6389 1016 (Panama) 
Email: info at tropicalcc.org 
Website: tropicalcc.org 

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