This is an intensive 10-day field summer course held in the Lower Keys, FL taught by Dr. Alejandro Vagelli.
This course introduces students to marine field ecology and marine biology work. It provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in marine biology research. Students design and conduct field observations and experiments aimed to answer questions concerning specific topics, including trophic structure, reproductive strategies, recruitment, behavior, coevolutionary relationships, energy cycling, and detrimental impacts due to human activities. DATE: 7/6-7/15
*Fieldwork focuses on ecological, taxonomic, and conservation aspects of main communities such as seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and coral reefs.
*Learn field methods for ecological and conservation studies, sampling and census work.
*Evening laboratory sessions or bay snorkeling; day-trip to nearby inhabited Keys/mangrove islands.
*Field trips to Looe Marine Sanctuary (SCUBA dive or Snorkel), Mote Marine Lab, and Key West.