The CCFS through the UB ERI can offer a range of educational services including field courses on marine ecology and related topics, from both Belize and abroad; and study abroad programs for visiting universities focused on tropical marine ecology and coral reef ecology. These courses are ideal for students who are interested in gaining field experience working in tropical marine ecosystems, building their scientific knowledge and exposure to local cultures, while working in an offshore coral atoll on the second longest barrier reef, the Belize Barrier Reef.
Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation
This is an introductory course to tropical marine ecology looking particularly at the biodiversity and ecology of tropical marine plankton, mangroves, sea grasses and coral reefs in the Caribbean with special focus on the Belize Barrier Reef. It describes the main conservation issues associated with these systems and examines management strategies being utilized in Belize through case studies.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be familiar with the ecology of tropical marine ecosystems including: tropical plankton, coral reefs, sea grasses and mangroves, the impacts of natural and anthropogenic factors on these ecosystems and the range of management strategies available to address these impacts.
Course Dates: June 27 - July 6, 2015
Coral Biology, Ecology and Management
This course will focus on the biology, ecology and management of coral reefs within the Caribbean region. It will detail scleratinian coral biology, the relationship between zooxanthallae and coral and the feeding modes. Reproduction and recruitment of corals will be presented. The intricate relationships of reef organisms and the ecology of coral communities will also be studied. Students will also be exposed to the value, uses and ecosystem services of Caribbean coral reefs. The threats and future challenges unique to the wider Caribbean region will be discussed along with management strategies and scales of management required to address these threats.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be knowledgeable in the biology of reef-building corals, the ecology of Caribbean coral reefs, the impacts of natural and anthropogenic factors on the region's coral reefs and coral reef management strategies.
Course Dates: Currently not being offered