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Roatan: Summer 2018


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 2018 Coral Reef Ecology course, click on calendar dates below.

Summer 2018 Course
Dolphin SwimDay 1 - June 2, 2018 - Travel Day
Day 2 - June 3, 2018 - First Dives for the Class
Day 3 - June 4, 2018 - Maya Key
Day 4 - June 5, 2018 - Coral Tree Construction and Species ID
Day 5 - June 6, 2018 - Turtle Grass Snorkel and Fiesta Night
Day 6 - June 7, 2018 - Project Discussion and Night Dive
Day 7 - June 8, 2018 - Mangrove Snorkel and Dolphin Lecture
Day 8 - June 9, 2018 - Dolphin Swim and REEF Survey
Day 9 - June 10, 2018 - Project Dives and Night Snorkel
Day 10 - June 11, 2018 - Large Animal Encounter
Day 11 - June 12, 2018 - Wreck Dive and Coral Watch
Day 12 - June 13, 2018 - Coral Restoration and Rocky Shore
Day 13 - June 14, 2018 - Lab Exam, REEF Survey and Coral Farm Part II
Day 14 - June 15, 2018 - Final Exam and Last Dive
Day 15 - Return to home

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