Spring and summer programs are being offered in the MCERC field intensive format in San German, Puerto Rico, U.S.A..  Please see the schedule below for dates and a brief description of course curriculum.

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Date

Program

Format

Program Fee

May 12-18 Tropical Marine & Coastal Ecology Collaborative with University of Alaska
Dr. Heidi Pearson/Mithriel MacKay, Director
$900.00
May 20-26 Comparative Wildlife Ecology: Session I Collaborative with Texas A&M University at Galveston
Dr. Heidi Pearson/Mithriel MacKay, Director
$1200.00
May 28-June 03 Comparative Wildlife Ecology: Session II Collaborative with Texas A&M University at Galveston
Dr. Heidi Pearson/Mithriel MacKay, Director
$1200.00
June 12 – 18 GIS applications in Wildlife Ecology: Session I Collaborative with Texas A&M University at Galveston
Dr. Wesley Highfield/ Brendan Hurley MSc/ Mithriel MacKay, Director
$1200.00
June 20 – 26 GIS applications in Wildlife Ecology: Session II Collaborative with Texas A&M University at Galveston
Dr. Wesley Highfield/Brendan Hurley MSc/Mithriel MacKay, Director
$1200.00
June 27-July 03 GIS applications in Wildlife Ecology MCERC field intensive
Brendan Hurley MSc
$900.00
July 14 – 20 Invasive Species Origins & Impacts MCERC Field Intensive
Mithriel MacKay, Director/Lindsey Godlove BSc
$900.00
July 21-27 Marine and Coastal Ecology MCERC Field Intensive
Mithriel MacKay, Director/Lindsey Godlove BSc
$900.00
July 28 – Aug 03 Wildlife Photography MCERC Field Intensive
TBA
$900.00
August 04-10 Coastal Resources MCERC Field Intensive
Lindsey Staszak, MSc /Mithriel Mackay, Director
$900.00
August 11 -17 Coastal Ecosystems: Evaluating natural & anthropogenic impacts MCERC Field Intensive
Lindsey Staszak, MSc/Mithriel MacKay, Director
$900.00

 

Tropical Marine and Coastal Ecology

November 4-10, 2012

(6 students/2 instructors)

Collaboration with University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)

Activities include snorkeling, tidal pools, beach combing, and kayaking excursions to identify flora and fauna exploring the ecology and management challenges of marine and coastal habitats.

Invasive Species: Origins and Impacts

November 11-17, 2012

(6 students/2 instructors)

Students participate in field excursions to marine, coastal, mountains, rain forest, and other terrestrial habitats to investigate the vectors and impact of invasive species on local flora and fauna. Conservation and management strategies are discussed during roundtable sessions in the evening.

Wildlife Ecology

November 18-24, 2012

(6 students/2 instructors)

A field course designed to explore the relationships of species and their terrestrial, marine, and coastal habitats. Emphasis is on the impact of pressures on species in ecosystems with the potential to result in changes in behaviors and/or the future success of the species.

Wildlife Photography

December 9-15, 2012

(6 students/2 instructors)

A field course designed to introduce and elevate photography skills aimed at collecting data using digital SLR cameras. Each day (or night) includes an excursion to one or more field sites acquiring images and receiving instructor feedback at the field site. This provides an opportunity to retake images immediately and improve skills quickly. Professional ethics and software selection are discussed to round out the information valuable to field biologists. Please note that students must bring their own DSLR camera and accessories (detailed in the application and information documents).

Comparative Wildlife Ecology

May 20-26, 2013; May 28-June03, 2013

(5 students per session, 2 sessions)

Collaboration with Texas A&M University at Galveston

GIS Applications in Wildlife Ecology

June 12-18, 2013; June 20-26, 2013

(5 students per session, 2 sessions)

Collaboration with Texas A&M University at Galveston

Marine and Coastal Ecology

July 21-27, 2013

(6 students/2 instructors)

Snorkeling, tidal pools, beach combing, and kayaking excursions to identify flora and fauna exploring the ecology and management challenges of marine and coastal habitats. (This is the MCERC session. Cost is lower than university collaboration).

Coastal Resources

August 4-10, 2013

(6 students/2 instructors)

This is a field techniques program focused on measuring the health of coastal habitats. Students travel to field sites where flora and fauna are assessed for impacts secondary to natural events and anthropogenic activity.  Sampling will be done on beaches, tide pools, mangroves, and the riparian habitats. Goals include establishing a baseline assessment of coastal resources with measurable parameters for the purpose of tracking changes in important ecosystems.

Coastal Ecosystems

August 11-17, 2013

(6 students/2 instructors)

The focus of the coastal ecosystems program is assessing impacts of anthropogenic activity and natural events on habitats adjacent to mangroves. Hurricanes, seismic activity, construction, erosion, and climate change have the potential to impact marine and coastal resources. Students will assess impacts (historical, immediate, and future) to these resources with a focus on management challenges aimed at conservation.

 

Please note: 

  • All programs are first come, first served and are not based upon applicant’s qualifications.
  • Program fees include meals and a bed at the field house, travel to and from field sites, and instruction by experienced scientists and educators.
  • Program fees DO NOT include travel to and from San German, Puerto Rico.
  • Some programs require texts to be purchased by students and all programs require students bring a personal (notebook/laptop) computer to the course.
  • Application to MCERC programs includes the Simple Application form, Proprietary Data form, Liability Release form, and a photography release form. The application takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
  • A detailed packet will be emailed to each applicant. Documents in the packet include a description of the field house, recommended and required packing list, and other useful information.

Applications can be requested by emailing mithriel@marine-eco.org. Information on The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center can be found on our website at www.marine-eco.org.