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Roatan: Summer 2014

Coral Reef Ecology (BIO 180 and BIO 482)

Coral Reef Ecology is a field-oriented marine course that allows students, through the use of SCUBA, to explore the pristine reefs and drop offs that surround the Bay Island of Roatan, Honduras. During this class, Dr. Bill Davin takes students on an intensive, field-oriented excursion to the Roatan Institute of Marine Science where they investigate the coral reef biome, including corals, invertebrates, fishes, algae, and rooted macrophytes.

While in Roatan, students are introduced to a number of topics, including reef ecology, fish behavior, dolphin biology, and reef organism identification in classroom lectures then head out to the reef and study the subject in a natural setting. In addition, the students become certified level II fish observers through the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) and conduct coral surveys for ReefAware. Through these first-hand experiences, students develop an understanding and appreciation for the ecology of the coral reef and for the biology of the common coral reef organisms found in the Caribbean Sea.

To view some of the daily activities of students who engaged in the 2014 Coral Reef Ecology course, click on calendar dates below.

Summer 2014 Course
Roatan Right Day 1 - June 7: Travel Day
Day 2 - June 8: Check-out Dive & Dolphins
Day 3 - June 9: Coral Id & Maya Key trip
Day 4 - June 10: Coral Watch & Invertebrate Survey
Day 5 - June 11: Diving and Limbo
Day 6 - June 12: Reef Snorkel & Night Dive
Day 7 - June 13: Mangroves & Dolphin Lecture
Day 8 - June 14: Dolphins & REEF Survey
Day 9 - June 15: Project Dives
Day 10 - June 16: Large Animal Encounters
Day 11 - June 17: Wreck dive & Night dive
Day 12 - June 18: REEF Survey & Project Presentations
Day 13 - June 19: Wall Dives & Lab Exam
Day 14 - June 20: Final Exam & Final Dive
Day 15 - June 21: Return to home

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