Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Willemstad, Curacao
- Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
- Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Biol 482 is a combination lecture and intensive field course designed to introduce participants to the Caribbean coral reef biome and other near-shore environments such as rocky shores, mangroves and seagrass beds. Students will learn through theoretical and practical exercises how environmental and biological factors interact to sustain near-shore ecosystems. We will discover and describe the amazing diversity of coral reef, seagrass and mangrove systems, explore the physiological and behavioral adaptations that enable organisms to live in these environments and deduct the basic ecological principles that underlie the function of near-shore ecosystems. Students may choose to focus on current issues in marine conservation science as part of their class projects. Topics may include but are not limited to ecology, evolution, predator-prey interactions, disease dynamics, adaptation to climate change, and animal behavior. Biol482 counts towards the Marine Science Minor.
A field trip during spring break will take us to the beautiful island of Curacao, part of the Netherland Antilles in the southern Caribbean. Healthy coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds are easily accessible from shore and we will study them by snorkeling. The colonial past and economic realities in Curacao provide an instructive background to understand the complexity of marine conservation issues today. This course requires strong participation and thus is most suited for highly motivated students. Video from past trip available at http://baumslab.org/outreach/ scroll to "We are the millennials".
During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of - housing information not available at this time.
The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department. The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must apply at 208 Mueller (M – F: 9 am – 4 pm), ask for Cindy Gates, pay your $600 course fee (cash, check or money order), and upon receiving your receipt, take it to Barbara DeHart in 113 Ritenour Bld. along with the application. Deadline is Dec 15 to ensure consideration for acceptance. This sum is nonrefundable unless the applicant is not accepted. Review of applicants will begin 1 Dec 2017 and proceed until the class is full.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring- Embedded||2017||03/01/2017 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring- Embedded||2018||08/22/2017 **||Rolling Admission||03/03/2018||03/10/2018|
|NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Iliana Baums by emailing email@example.com if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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