Tropical Marine Environments - Field Course
Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology
April 27th to May 10th. 2 weeks; 0.5 credit
Belize Marine Studies Field Camp at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize
The cost for 2013 will be approximately $2200. This covers all transportation within Belize, park fees, room/board, local guides, field/basecamp and research equipment. Students are responsible for: return flight to Belize, personal travel, travel medical insurance, and one dinner and breakfast on the mainland.
First Year Biology and 2 nd year Ecology. You must be reasonably fit and comfortable around water. The ability to swim 12 lengths of a pool (25 m) non-stop is required. Medical travel insurance, trip cancellation insurance and a current tetanus inoculation are mandatory. Students must have a valid passport. Students with other than Canadian passports need to determine visa requirements into Belize; you can find out entry requirements here http://www.travelbelize.org/plan-your-visit/getting-here/entry-requirements-2.html . A positive attitude towards adventure is important!
Maximum of 20 students
This course is an introduction to tropical marine environments. We will immerse ourselves in the diversity of habitats at Belize's most spectacular atoll — Lighthouse Reef . We will be based on a remote 40 acre tropical island, 55 miles offshore of the Belize mainland, within the Half Moon Caye Marine Reserve. The atoll is an asymmetric rimmed platform, entirely surrounded by a fringing reef rising virtually to the surface. Inside this fringing reef is a lagoon speckled with hundreds of coral patches. The reef, including the spectacular wall where the atoll drops away into the depths, is highlighted for its density and diversity of both corals and fish. We will literally be surrounded by marine life. Much of our time will be spent exploring by kayak and snorkelling. We will learn to be field biologists, to document and to interpret what we observe, and to develop scientific questions from our observations. You will work in a team on a research project, and you will communicate your research ideas to the larger group.
Our endeavours will be facilitated by Island Expeditions who have over 20 years experience operating field camps in Belize. (www.islandexpeditions.com),
Assignments: Field Journal & Field Project Report
Only money order or certified cheque will be accepted (no personal cheques). After March 2 nd those students in arrears will be automatically replaced by paying participants. All cancellations must be received, in writing, by the 15 th of March . After March 15 th we retain your full payment. No exceptions are provided for the above procedures. UWO may need to cancel the course/trip due to unforeseen events, in which case you will receive a full refund.
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