Summer and International Programs
Field Study in Belize
A 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 spring for an exciting field program in the rainforests and coral reefs of Belize. This two course offering is taught by Dr. Jonathan Evans during the spring semester. There is a seminar class (Rainforests and Coral Reefs - Bio 241) where students learn the fundamentals of tropical ecology and conservation using Belize as the focus.
There is a ten-day field immersion course (Field Study in Belize - Bio 251) that 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 (Belize 2015 Schedule and Syllabus). At both locations, students design and conduct research projects. In 2017, and in future years, this field course will be taught during spring break. Together the two courses (Bio 241 & 251) count as a full lab course in Biology and must be taken simultaneously.
The cost for the program covers airfare and field station fees. Please contact Dr. Evans (Spencer 153; firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application.
2017 Program (L to R): Levi Trumbore, Ansley Murphy, Matt Kephart, Rafael Manzanero (FCD Exec. Director), Molly Mueller, Sam Penland, Annie Corley, Katie Kull, Elle Basrnes, Lam Ngo, Dr. Amy Evans, Erin Gill, Professor Jon Evans, Parker Jaquillard, Boris Arevalo (FCD Biologist)
2013 Program (L to R): Jordan Casey, Walker Ueland, Dr. Evans, Emily Guest, Elizabeth Beilharz, Lucy Riddle, Heather Crosby, Callie Oldfield, Ethan Evans, (Elmer Tzalam BFREE staff), Amy Evans
2012 Program (L to R): Adam McNally, Thomas Walters, Dr. Evans, Allie Horick, Sara Smith, Sarah Delong, Carolyn Ramseur, David Evans, Ashley Block, Joanna Parkman, Meg Armistead, Jordan Casey
2011 Program (L to R): Dr. Evans, Kathyrn Gray,Jeff Kirchberg, Will Evans, Mary Stuart Smart, Evans Wellborn, Angie Evans, John Michael McGinn, Gaby Spangenberg, Andrew Walters, Joyce Kuik, Morgan Edrington, Pam Guerra, Will Overton, Katie Wakefield, Zoe Petropoulos, Teresa Monypeny, Jordan Casey, Dr. Van de Ven
The course has logged photos of over 500 species of animals and plants on the course iNaturalist site.
Two publications have resulted from student research in the program:
- “Coral preference of the polychaete Spirobranchus giganteus in the Belizean Barrier Reef ”
- "Distribution and abundance of Ophiothrix suensonii on sponge vs. non-sponge habitat at Whale Shoals patch reef, Belize"
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