BIO 349: Tropical Ecology
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
March 15-23 (Spring Break), 2014
Dr. Dave Unger | Sutton Science Center 106 | (865) 981-8009 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- 9-day Field-based component of a semester-long course on Tropical Ecology.
- To familiarize students with the biota (plants and animals) and their relationships with the tropical environment of a different country (Bonaire). Specific focus: coral reef ecology.
Bonaire is the premier diving site in the western hemisphere. It is the only island globally in which the entire reef is national park. The diversity offered by its reef and the diversity on land (ranges from desert to sub-tropical jungle) provides a haven of learning for students. The island is small, the facilities are safe, the history and culture of the island is deep, rich and fascinating. The course is primarily ecology/conservation/natural resources based, but will also have a specific historic and cultural component designed to expose students to an entirely different culture. ANY MC student will be able to go on this program, but must be enrolled in the semester-long BIO 349 course.
Friday, March 14 Travel to Bonaire
Saturday, March 15 Arrival in Bonaire, orientation, check-in, first dive from resort
Sunday, March 16 Hiking and diving in Washington Slagbaii National Park & Night Dive
Monday, March 17 Shore Diving (AM), Boat Diving (PM)
Tuesday, March 18 Open Dive Day - Report your dive sites to Dr. Unger
Wednesday, March 19 Boat Dive (AM), cultural/historical tour of Rincon (PM), night dive
Thursday, March 20 Birding Day (AM), tour of island's natural areas (PM), night dive
Friday, March 21 Shore Diving (AM), Boat Dive (PM) - Stop Diving by 8pm
Saturday, March 22 Rincon Free Day, Red-eye flight home
Sunday, March 23 Travel Home
This trip will carry 4 credits. Selected students will be enrolled in a 4-credit semester long spring course called BIO 349. The Bonaire program is the lab for this course. Fee below is the travel/lab fee for the course. Tuition for the course is included as part of spring tuition.
Approximate Costs: $3,250
The price includes: Roundtrip airfare, local transportation, housing, Scuba certification, 1 meal/day, field trips, international travel insurance, application fee, and deposit.
Not included: Passport, immunizations, 2 meals/day, gifts, & personal expenses
*Please note that prices are tentative and may fluctuate based on variation in exchange rates, number of participants, price fluctuations in actual airfares and fuel surcharges, or administrative overhead
Application $100 Fee:
Due March 1st, 2013