Tropical Biology In Belize and Guatemala

Dr. Rick Kopp (More Info)

Tropical Biology In Belize and Guatemala

Program Dates:
May 15 - 31, 2018

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

Biology , Earth & Environmental Science

Course Description:
Study examples of Earth's most diverse ecosystems by exploring both tropical rainforests and a coral reef in Belize. At Blue Creek Field Station, you will live and work within a primary rainforest surrounded by a wealth of biodiversity ranging from large buttressed trees to howler monkeys. While on South Water Caye, part of the longest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere, you will study reef structure, mangrove forests and grass beds while swimming among brilliantly-colored reef fish and corals. The program will also include time in Guatemala and a tour of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site depicting ancient Mayan civilization.

One course in biology or permission of instructor.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Students will spend most of their days outside. You will need to be able to hike up to 4 miles per day on unpaved trails in hot and humid conditions while carrying water and notepads. You will also need to swim in a pristine freshwater creek (largely to cool off or recover when a canoe tips over) and snorkel in the ocean for up to 5 hours per day, although generally no more than 1 hour at a time. Students are not expected to have any snorkeling experience and a life vest can be provided. Accommodations are generally rustic but comfortable (bunk beds in cabins with screened windows). Indoor plumbing, as well as good food and bottled water are provided at all sites. Students should not expect air conditioning, but cabins at Blue Creek are shaded, and there is generally a steady breeze at South Water Caye.

Course Highlights:
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