PO Box 177, San Ignacio, Cayo,
Belize, Central America
Through this course we combine studies in terrestrial riparian ecology with marine ecology by examining the influence of watershed systems, focusing on their impacts and ecology, as they move downstream into the coastal zone and overlap with sea or ocean influences. In the broadleaf riparian forest zone, students explore human societal practices upstream and their resulting impacts on flora and fauna biodiversity and how this impacts coastal and offshore marine systems such as coastal mangrove forests and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Field and laboratory work focuses on the evaluation of human activities that have lasting ecological impacts in aquatic systems. These concepts will be explored hands-on through community use surveys, biodiversity surveys, habitat characterizations and assessments, and development of inter-connectivity diagrams that allow students to fully understand the interrelatedness of humans and their environment and how this impacts local conservation in the developing nation of Belize.
Winter 2017-2018 session will run from December 26th 2017 to January 8th 2018, with our special Primate Research courses running before and after the winter classes. Application deadline for winter is October 30th.
Application deadline for summer 2018 is March 15th 2018. We have 4 course sessions in summer. Section A: May 12-26. Section B: May 26-June 9. Section C: June 9-23. Section D: June 23-July 7.
Belize's Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs straddling the coast of Belize. The Belize Barrier Reef is a 300 kilometers long section of the 900 kilometers long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. It is the second largest coral reef system in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and is popular for scuba diving and snorkeling.
The Belize Barrier Reef is home to a large diversity of plants and animals and is one of the most diverse ecosystems of the world. It is comprised of 70 hard coral species, 36 soft coral species, 500 species of fish, and hundreds of invertebrate species. With 90% of the reef still needing to be researched, it is estimated that only 10% of all species have been discovered.
Course Introduction: Human Impacts and Watersheds
Community Based Watershed Conservation
Interconnections of surface waters and hyphoreic zones
Travel the Hummingbird Hwy stop at Blue Hole then to Tobacco Caye Marine Station Introduction to snorkeling
Introduction to Belize Coral Reef & Marine Communities
Salt Marsh Ecology, mangroves, shallow-water subtidal benthic associations
Belize Coral Reef and deep-sea biology
Plankton Project Sampling
Presentation and Final Exam
Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, many still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.
C.E.L.A Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members in each period (winter and summer). Each scholarship has a value of 50% of the regular cost of a single course or full program. A full program means two (2) courses (for a scholarship value of approximately $2500). Students can choose among any courses offered. Additional charges (late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, credit from a U.S. college/university, etc.) will be charged directly to the student at their full price. Contact us for more details
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Who can apply The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Find out more here
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