Ecology, Behavior & Conservation of Manatees & Dolphins
A Unique Field Course in the Drowned Cayes, Belize

May 31 - June 13, 2008
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Deadline for registration is May 1

Want to be a marine mammal scientist? Here's your chance to join our team for 2 intense weeks of research on Antillean manatees and bottlenose dolphins in Belize! You will be totally immersed in the study of manatees and dolphins through lectures, literature review, and field research.

This unique field course combines an overview of the ecology, behavior, and conservation of sirenians and cetaceans with hands-on manatee & dolphin research in the Drowned Cayes, Belize, as part of a long-term research project in place since 1998.

In addition to lectures, discussions, and reading assignments, you'll spend 3-4 hours on the water each day as we explore a labyrinth of mangrove islands and seagrass beds searching for elusive manatees and charismatic dolphins. You'll collect behavioral and environmental data and learn about photo-id techniques, help reduce and analyze data, and interpret results.

To date, research on this project has resulted in 6 presentations at scientific conferences, 3 peer- reviewed publications, 1 MS Thesis, and 1 PhD Dissertation (visit link to Instructor's CV, below, for more information).

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Credit: The course is hosted by the Hugh Parkey Foundation for Marine Awareness & Education and Spanish Bay Conservation & Research Center as a non-credit course. The lecture and field lab hours are equivalent of a 4-credit hour academic course; instructor will work with your academic advisor if credit is desired.

Location: Hugh Parkey's Belize Adventure Lodge; extra- curricular activities include snorkeling on the reef, and exploring an ancient Maya City.

Your Share of Costs: $2495 includes housing, meals, field trips, ground & water transfers fees - DOES NOT include airfare, insurance, or credit hours; students are required to have in place or purchase travel insurance equivalent to DAN Insurance, which costs $99/year.

Instructor: Caryn Self-Sullivan, Ph.D. (May 2008)