study of coral reefs ecosystems and their inhabitants.
This class will bring students to
the tropical nation of Jamaica to explore the ecology of coral reef
ecosystems. The goal of this class is to teach students about the
ecology of the tropical coral reef environments through lectures, field
trips, snorkeling trips, SCUBA diving trips and student designed
research projects. The first half of the course will be devoted to
twice-a-day formal lectures, demonstrations, and instructor-led field
trips to provide students with a basic knowledge of the common
organisms and the roles they play in various the coral reef ecosystem.
For the second half of the course, lectures will be once per day and
faculty will work with students to develop individual research projects
examining organismal ecology of coral reefs. Students will write a
research proposal and experimental design and faculty will work with
students to develop a project which is scientifically thorough, and
which considers the ecology of the reef. Thereafter, on a daily basis,
much of the student's time will be devoted to making field observations
and collecting data for their research projects. Students will deliver
oral progress reports to the class, allowing for students to get
feedback from both the faculty and their peers. Final progress
reports will be written and will serve as the basis for their final
Drs. Brad Peterson and Joe
Warren are marine scientists with complementary expertise in such
fields as marine ecology, phycology, zooplankton and nekton, and
biology. They are experienced in tropical environments and have strong
academic interest in tropical marine ecosystems.
See this year's course blog for an idea of what the course is like. Or
check out the "Best Photos" from the 2012
and 2013 classes.
If you are interested, promptly e-mail your name and phone number to
Brad Peterson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to attend the next organizational meeting.