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Roatan: Summer 2016


Coral Reef Ecology (BIO 180 and BIO 482)

Coral Reef Ecology is a field-oriented marine course that allows students, through the use of SCUBA, to explore the pristine reefs and drop offs that surround the Bay Island of Roatan, Honduras. During this class, Dr. Bill Davin takes students on an intensive, field-oriented excursion to the Roatan Institute of Marine Science where they investigate the coral reef biome, including corals, invertebrates, fishes, algae, and rooted macrophytes.

While in Roatan, students are introduced to a number of topics, including reef ecology, fish behavior, dolphin biology, and reef organism identification in classroom lectures then head out to the reef and study the subject in a natural setting. In addition, the students become certified level II fish observers through the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) and conduct coral surveys for ReefAware. Through these first-hand experiences, students develop an understanding and appreciation for the ecology of the coral reef and for the biology of the common coral reef organisms found in the Caribbean Sea.

To view some of the daily activities of students who engaged in the 2016 Coral Reef Ecology course, click on calendar dates below.

Summer 2016 Course
Roatan Side Picture - 2016 Day 1 - June 4, 2016 - Travel Day
Day 2 - June 5, 2016 - First Dives for the Class
Day 3 - June 6, 2016 - Maya Key
Day 4 - June 7, 2016 - Pre-Project Day
Day 5 - June 8, 2016 - Whale Watching and Fiesta Night
Day 6 - June 9, 2016 - Night Dive
Day 7 - June 10, 2016 - Mangrove Snorkel and Dolphin Lecture
Day 8 - June 11, 2016 - Dolphin Swim and REEF Survey
Day 9 - June 12, 2016 - Project Dives and Night Snorkel
Day 10 - June 13, 2016 - Large Animal Encounter
Day 11 - June 14, 2016 - Wreck Dive and Coral Watch
Day 12 - June 15, 2016 - Coral Gathering and Rocky Shore
Day 13 - June 16, 2016 - Lab Exam, REEF Survey and Coral Farm Part II
Day 14 - June 17, 2016 - Final Exam and Last Dive
Day 15 - Return to home

Roatan Bottom Picture - 2016