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Monday, June 26, 2023, 8:00 AM to Friday, July 14, 2023, 5:00 PM EDT
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TROPICAL MARINE ECOLOGY (June 26 - July 14)Instructor: Dr. Samantha de Putron (BIOS)The Tropical Marine Ecology (TME) course covers the ecology, physiology, and behavior of a wide variety of marine organisms in a series of tropical habitats. The course begins with an introduction to the tropical marine environment and life in the open ocean and then focuses on the dynamic and diverse coral reef, seagrass and mangrove habitats, as well as marine ponds and tropical rocky shores. Field work explores the Bermuda platform, our ‘natural laboratory’, with easy access to all these habitats that are within close proximity of each other. The biology and ecology of the dominant inhabitants are examined, with a focus on invertebrates and fish communities, as well as their interactions, trophic levels and energy transfer within and between these habitats. Marine ecological principals are taught combining lectures and discussions with hands-on surveys and laboratory experiments. The essential services provided by these marine environments and their inhabitants are discussed, as well as threats and conservation biology.This is an intensive course including lectures, readings, discussions, extensive field work and laboratory exercises. The laboratory and field work provide experience in commonly used marine ecological sampling and analysis techniques and equipment. The class data are synthesized into group presentations to provide experience in communicating science. The course syllabus and further information can be found here: http://www.bios.edu/education/summer-courses Prerequisites: University Introductory-level Biology and Ecology. The course will require boat work and the ability to work comfortably in the water with a mask and snorkel.Students of all nationalities are eligible to apply for partial scholarships towards course fees which include 3-weeks tuition, campus accommodation and meals (we do not award scholarships towards travel expenses, visas or medical/travel insurance). Successful applicants are advised to arrange for independent study credit through their home institutions.Applications due April 30, 2023 Full course details, prerequisites and application information are available here: http://www.bios.edu/education/summer-courses Questions? Please contact us at [email protected]

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