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  • Dates: August 9 – 15, 2015
  • Number of Spaces: TBD
  • Location: San Germán, Puerto Rico
  • Program Fee (USD): $900

Course Description

This field course will provide students with an opportunity to make direct observations of many ecological processes which regularly occur on Caribbean coral reefs. Students will visit various marine habitats found along the coast of Puerto Rico. A variety of survey techniques will be utilized to census the fish communities in these areas, with an emphasis on the most common and economically important Caribbean fish species. These will include visual surveys while snorkeling, as well as beach seining and traps. We will make comparisons between marine reserves and habitats open to fishing, as well as artificial reefs and natural reefs. Discussions will include the various impacts on fish populations, as well as conservation and restoration techniques currently being utilized and the value of artificial reef deployments and establishment of marine protected areas.

 

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Topics

  • resources
  • climate change
  • preditor-prey dynamics
  • anthropogenic impacts

Activities

  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • round table discussions

What to Bring

  • laptop
  • earbuds or headphones
  • field guide if assigned for your program session
  • a packing list is included in the folders for the program session on the Education Hub