Field Study in Belize

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:49:00 CDT  — by: Sewanee Department of Biology

belize_300A field immersion into two of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth: coral reefs and tropical rainforests. Students live in remote field stations in Belize, where they examine the ecology and natural history of these two systems through extensive field exploration and research. Prerequisite: Biol 241. The Belize Program (Biol 241 + Biol 251) counts as one full lab course in Biology.

Since 2011, a select group of Biology students have headed south each May for an exciting field program in the rainforests and coral reefs of Belize.  This two course offering is taught by Professor Evans and begins in the spring semester with a seminar class (Rainforests and Coral Reefs - Bio 241) where students learn the fundamentals of tropical ecology and conservation using Belize as the focus.

After graduation, a ten-day field immersion course (Field Study in Belize - Bio 251)  takes students to two Belizean field stations - one on the island of South Water Caye and the other to the interior rainforest in the Maya Mountains (see 2013 schedule).  At both locations, students design and conduct research projects.  In Belize, Professor Evans is assisted by by Jordan Casey (C’09), a PhD student in Marine Biology at James Cook University in Australia.  Together the two courses (Bio 241 & 251) count as a full lab course in Biology.

The cost for the program includes tuition for two summer credit hours, airfare from Atlanta, room, board, transportation between sites and park entrance fees.  Financial aid is available based on need.  Please contact Professor Evans - Spencer Hall 176 for an application. Find more information here.

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