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  • Locations: Soufriere, Saint Lucia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

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Program Description:
Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation

May 6-20, 2018


Program Description

Scuba diver go-bullsThis course will use a hands-on approach to give students a better understanding of the marine ecology and conservation in Saint Lucia as well as research & monitoring techniques used by field marine biologists.  This course is a field-intensive experience based in Soufriere, Saint Lucia.  The group will spend a significant amount of time underwater observing and investigating coastal ecosystems. Lectures and traditional assignments will supplement the field work to provide the necessary background for students to understand important ecological principles at play in the ecosystems, and to analyze field data to answer ecological questions about these ecosystems. Before departure, students will complete training to receive scientific diver-in-training status from the American Academy for Underwater Science (AAUS), which is necessary for those wishing to dive in the course. In Saint Lucia, students will have the opportunity to log enough scientific dives to earn full scientific diver credentials through AAUS.  Those students who do not dive will be able to carry out field exercises in shallower water using snorkel. 

Students scuba divingThis course includes an integral Service-Learning component by working with multiple community partners, including the Soufriere Marine Management Area, the Canaries Ridge to Reef Project, the Department of Fisheries and the Soufriere Fishermen Evaluations.  The specific monitoring work that will be carried out will be determined largely based on current management questions at the SMMA and the Department of Fisheries.  Field work will be done in partnership with the SMMA.  Results of coral reef surveys will be analyzed by students and presented to the SMMA and Department of Fisheries.  Actions to mitigate coral reef stressors will be done in partnership with the Ridge to Reef Project and may include planting vetiver grasses and analyzing the impact of unpaved roads on coastal erosion.  Students will also interact with local fishermen, scientists and managers to better understand how the results of this work can be applied, and some of the complexities of effective management of marine ecosystems. 


This program is currently not accepting applications.