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.

south water caye belize students studying island sandEthan Evans Snorkleing & AngelfishThere 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. 

mayan ruins class photo belize

The cost for the program covers airfare and field station fees.  Please contact Dr. Evans (Spencer 153; jon.evans@sewanee.edu) for an application.

 

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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)

  

Belize 2015 crew in picture:

Prof. Evans, Kristen Bagwell, Shelby Meckstroth,  Will Johannsson, Katie Sutton, Emily Riedlinger, Mary Hannah Giddens, Katie Wiegel

2015 Program (L to R):  Prof. Evans, Kristen Bagwell, Shelby Meckstroth,  Will Johannsson, Katie Sutton, Emily Riedlinger, Mary Hannah Giddens, Katie Wiegel
 

Belize 2014 Group pic (L to R):   Jordan Casey, Winnie Davis, Lydia Cook, Maren Johnson, Tori Haugvoll, Jaina Gandhi, David Pride, Katherine Rogers, Saunders Drukker, Rebecca Gorodetzky, Prof. Evans, Ashley Malpica

2014 Program (L to R):  Jordan Casey, Winnie Davis, Lydia Cook, Maren Johnson, Tori Haugvoll, Jaina Gandhi, David Pride, Katherine Rogers, Saunders Drukker, Rebecca Gorodetzky, Prof. Evans, Ashley Malpica
 

Field Study in Belize class photo

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 

Field Study in Belize class 2012 photo

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

Field Study in Belize class 2013 photo

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:  

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