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Tropical Marine Ecology of the Florida Keys, Everglades & Bahamas


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Tropical Marine Ecology serves as an intensive field-based introduction to the ecology of estuarine and marine environments. INTERESTED? Take a look at the MARINE ECOLOGY SYLLABUS for more information. The primary goal of the course is to immerse you in field experiences that link with readings, lectures, discussions, labs, and discovery-oriented investigations of the environments of San Salvador, Bahamas, the Everglades and the Florida Keys. Several topics will be covered in depth. These include ecology and geology of the Bahamas Everglades, and Florida Keys, marine ecology, coral reef ecology, intertidal zonation, grassbed ecology, taxonomy of vertebrates and invertebrates of coral reefs, lagoons, and tidal flats, statistical analyses of data, astronomy, and group projects concerning biological and physical analyses of select marine habitats.

These images should provide a hint, a mere glimpse, into the beauty and complexity of a wide variety of ecosystems. So, enjoy!

For further information about this course, contact Hays Cummins or phone me @ 513-529-1338. Marine Ecology is filled on a first-come, first-served basis!

VISIT THIS YEARS Tropical Ecosystem Field Course Syllabi

Interested in the course? Contact Hays Cummins

Course Syllabus 2014: Tropical Marine Ecology of the Florida Keys, Everglades and the Bahamas

Course Syllabus 2014: Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica

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Browse the Picture Roster! Please contact me to add or correct Species IDs!

 Bahamian Field Station Coral Reefs  Soft Corals  Sea Anenomes Other Invertebrates  Pigeon Creek Seagrass Beds
Fish/Sharks SCUBA Fossil Reef People and Places Intertidal Zone Manhead Key Lighthouse Cave
Bird Nesting Sites Sea Turtles Thunderstorms Florida & Everglades-Manatees Louisiana Swamps Flower Gardens  Mangroves

Quicktime Movie Directory

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Coral Reefs Mangroves Fossil Reef Gopher Tortises
Jellyfish & Other Stuff Fish & Coral Birds of SW Florida Everglades Animals
Night Dives TME Class Movies Lighthouse Views Seabirds

People and Other Organisms

It all started long ago!

Be sure to look at these photos of "People and Other Organisms." Although these photos appear to focus on individuals, there is much ecology and a sense of place in each photo! Here is a "Quicktime Slide Show"of some of the interesting places and people that I've had the privilege of knowing over the years.

Tropical Marine Ecology Digital Image Roster 2003

  • A Complete Roster of Digital Images and Quicktime Slide shows from Tropical Marine Ecology, class of 2003. Thousands of pictures!
  • Class 2003 Photos near Altar Cave and Grotto beach, at the Lighthouse and in front of our Lab.
    2003 Florida Keys and Everglades
    2003 San Salvador, Bahamas
  • Florida Day 1
  • Molasses Reef
  • Algae Challenge
  • Everglades
  • Key Largo Fossil Reef
  • To San Salvador
  • Grahams Harbor UW Photos
  • Intertidal Zone
  • Fossil Reef
  • Manhead Key Plus!!!
  • Miscellaneous Fun!
  • Snapshot Reef UW Photos
  • Lighthouse and Lighthouse Cave!
  • Catto Key: Bird Nesting Site
  • Riding Rock Dive Boat
  • The "Wall" Underwater Slides
  • Blowhole, Pigeon Creek, Trash Beach
  • Altar Cave and beautiful Grotto Beach
  • Cliff Diving
  • Shortstop Final Day Party
  • Flight Home
  • Tropical Marine Ecology Digital Image Roster 2002

    TME Class Pictures 2002

      Tropical Marine Ecology Quicktime Slideshows 2002

    TME Class Pictures 2001

    TME Class Pictures 2000

    The Shortstop!! Check out a QUICKTIME Movie (~5.7mb) Slideshow of folks at the Shortstop ! Great Stuff!

    Grotto Beach

    TME Class Pictures 1999

    TME 1999 Quicktime Movies

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    Grotto Beach

    The Shortstop!

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    TME Class Picture-1998

    "To live in the past is to maintain the past. To learn from the past is to change the future." From the Journal of Melissa Mejia,6/16/98

    The Shortstop!

    Captain Edbert Plays in Bernies Band at the Shortstop! Another band member plays using a saw! (TME 98)

    TME Class Picture-1997 (SE shore of San Sal near Snow Bay)

    TME Class Picture1996 French Bay. TME Class Picture 1996 taken at the lighthouse

    The Trop Marine Ecology Class of '91:The Lightning Class

    Other Shots!

    The Sunsets on San Salvador, Bahamas are some of the most spectacular I have ever seen.

    Charter Boat Experiences

    Dive Boats-Florida Keys

  • Our class is loaded up and ready to go at the American Dream dock. (TME 98)
  • The American Dream On the way to French Reef, Key Largo, the first dive of the day, TME 97.
  • The captain of the American Dream (on the left) has always been helpful, competent and courteous. Alex returns from his snorkel on Molasses Reef. A stern view of our excited class! (TME 98)
  • Melissa and friends relax as the American Dream steams to Molasses Reef. (TME 98)
  • A closeup of Melissa and Joe. (TME 98)
  • Julie relaxes with a tank! (TME 98)
  • Allison and Claire prepare for their first reef snorkel. (TME 98)
  • Our class eagerly Awaits the Departure of the American Dream to Molasses reef. Our class gets ready as we depart the keys! (Key Largo, '96 &'97)
  • Our Dives (day and night) were fantastic this year (TME 99). We went again with American Divers. They were terrific!
  • This year, seas were 3-5 feet. About 25 people got seriously seasick! (TME 00)
  • Doc was the Captain of our Ocean Divers boat.(TME 00)
  • Our Divemaster was Gary who did ALOT of talking.(TME 00)
  • Ocean Divers gave us a free dinner where we ate to our hearts content.(TME 00)
  • Grahams Harbor-Bahamas--Quicktime Slideshows (large (~8mb) & Small (2.1mb)

    Our boat leaves the shoreline on the way to the keys in Grahams Harbor, San Salvador.(TME 97)

    Ecological Places, Happenings and More Organisms

    Intertidal Zone Studies

  • A Quicktime Slideshow of North Point, San Salvador--people, organisms and the intertidal Zone! (TME 00)
  • Intertidal Zone in Grahams Harbor, San Salvador (Excellent habitat to study the effects environmental gradients have on organismal diversity, abundance, and distribution) Here is a Quicktime Movie of our Study Area on the West Side of North Point. Another Quicktime Movie illustrates some important Intertidal Molluscan Species. (TME 00)
  • TME,'97, Students at work at North Point. Some hit "Oreaster reticulatusHeaven" at low tide. Others Thoroughly Enjoyed Themselves. The Chiton Poop Group Ready for Action! More TME '97 at work along the shores of Grahams Harbor.
  • The Grahams Harbor Intertidal Zone is spectacular on a sunny day. These folks seem to be getting into it! (TME 98)
  • Dragonflies were plentiful along North Point! (TME 98)
  • Alex shows Allison and Claire how to ID chitons! (TME 98)
  • North Point on the Grahams Harbor side.(TME 98)
  • A spectacular picture of the North Point shoreline in Grahams Harbor. (TME 00)
  • Does he really want us to draw an intertidal profile? (TME 98)
  • Nerites dominate the lower intertidal zone. Molluscan Fecal Pellets are common in the intertidal pools along the shoreline of North Point. The salinity of these intertidal pools were measured as high as 4.1%. (TME 00)
  • Thanks TME 98 for integrating the kids into the entire experience! (TME 98)
  • Looking North along the Western Shore of North Point--Students hard at work. Catto Key is to the distant Northwest. (TME 00)
  • A beautiful Unidentified Flower from a plant just beyond the upper reaches of the intertidal zone.
  • Your instructor discusses Cross-bedding in the fossilized dunes at North Point. (TME 00)
  • A Research Team examines plants and animals in the upper intertidal at N Point. (TME 00)
  • Students busy at work, TME 97, at North Point, San Salvador.
  • The students are really engaged in their intertidal work. Melissa and Ken are on the left, a "bio-challenge group" on the right. (TME 98)
  • Nerites and Chitons "Sculpt" the lower intertidal. Note the Chitons circular "Home Pits." (TME 00)
  • Allison wonders what type of molluscs inhabit the lower intertidal karst area. (TME 00)
  • Students characterize each zone within the intertidal.(TME 00) Here, Marcy holds a plant from the White Zone.
  • White Cay, '97, Bioerosive Notch.
  • A Fantastic Image of the Yellow Zone on the Rice Bay side of North Point. What gastropods are common in the Yellow Zone? (TME 97)
  • This shot illustrates the incredible effects of bioerosion in the Yellow Zone at North Point. Go Molluscs! (TME 98)
  • Quicktime Movie! We spent some time working and learning about intertidal zones in Grahams Harbor.(TME 99)
  • Quicktime Movie! Rice Bay has a very high energy intertidal zone that is distinctive from Grahams Harbor, San Salvador.(TME 99)
  • Ying, Stacy, and Regina measure a transect in the intertidal zone at North Point. (TME 99)
  • Groups hard at work! (TME 99)
  • To do the Pink Zone, we had to get into the water! (TME 99)
  • Can you spot the yellow, black, gray and white zones? Here, try again! (TME 99)
  • In the white zone, a few hardy souls identified the vegetation (TME 99)
  • Manhead Key & Rice Bay

    Manhead Key is a very special island just east of the Bahamian Field Station in Rice Bay. Pleistocene in age, it makes for some very interesting comparisons with the North Point Fossil Dune system. Rhizomorphs are abundant, indigenous pottery is common (we always leave it there!), and a healthy population of iguanas thrives. We reach it by snorkling. The high energy side is fantastic! In this Picture, the Fossil Dunes Lie on what was once Seafloor! (At least that is my interpretation. The picture was taken with a Nikonos V. On the left of the dune field, the flat area has distinct ripple marks upon which the dunes lie. Other interpretations are welcome! E-Mail: Hays C )

  • Manhead Key has become a favorite Pleistocene Island to Study ('97) A view of Manhead on a "High Energy" day.(TME 00)
  • A salt water evaporitic deposit! (TME 98)
  • Bioerosion (Manhead Key "Notch" loaded with rock eating molluscs) The Notch has been mostly formed by the bioersion of the rock by molluscs such as chitons and periwinkles. The Instructor Stops (TME 97) and lectures at this beautiful spot.
  • Here, students explore the Extensive Bioerosive Notch at Manhead Key in Rice Bay. Ken got Briefly Trapped in the Notch when a Wave Rolled In. But before he did, he looked Comfortable and Relaxed! (TME 97)
  • Iguana Captured (& Released!) on Manhead Key
  • Our group spots some iguanas--but, they didn't even come close to capturing one. (TME 99)
  • The leeward side of the island has a Beautiful Beach. Students Get Ready to Snorkel Back to Main Island. (TME 97)
  • A View of the Windward Side of Manhead Key. Note the amazing amount of fossil dune destruction from storm generated wave activity. (TME 97)
  • Melissa leads the way on our snorkel back to the Rice Bay beach from Manhead Key. Everyone wore snorkeling vests for safety. (TME 98)
  • Becky proudly holds up the sediment trap for the study in Rice Bay.(TME 99)
  • Hays and Margot display both sediment trap "arrays."(TME 99)
  • Rick, Matt and Becky get ready to do their work in Rice Bay. Here they are busy getting their gear ready in the lab. (TME 99)
  • Becky and Rick on the eastern tip of Manhead Key. (TME 99)
  • Matt did a terrific job as "Captain of the Zodiak" in Rice Bay. (TME 99)
  • Rick and Margot deploying their "sediment array" using SCUBA in Rice Bay. (TME 99)
  • The Class on Manhead Key. Hurricanes and other storms have made access to Manhead Key more difficult. (TME 99)
  • Manhead Key has become a favorite Pleistocene Island to Study. ('97)
  • Students hike to the top fo Manhead from the Rice Bay Side. The beach is littered with large boulders even on the Leeward side.(TME 00)
  • Rhizocretions are common in the Pliestocene Dunes on Manhead Key. These structures probably represent the roots of terrestrial vegetation present before the dunes fossilized. (TME 00)
  • Manhead Key has an extensive Bioersoive Notch, perhaps the best I have seen in the Bahamas. (TME 00)
  • On the windward side of the island, huge "house sized" boulders lie broken in then intertidal zone. These boulders were broken during the "Perfect Storm" in the early 90's. Swells were over 20 feet tall!
  • Indigenous pottery is scattered all over the surface of Manhead. Here is Jamie with a larger piece. We returned the pottery undisturbed. (TME 00)
  • The fossilized dunes (note the cross-bedding) appear to lie on the surface of the former seafloor. The dunes were formed after sea level rose exposing the former seafloor. (TME 00)
  • A quicktime movie of the top reef area on the patch reef located between the Rice Bay shoreline and Manhead Key. (TME 00)
  • Cockburntown Fossil Reef

  • Coral Reef Fossil Outcrop, Cockburntown, San Salvador (This reef thrived over 120,000 years ago when the Pleistocene ice retreated during an interglacial warming--sea level was several meters higher . The reef is excellently preserved and is worth investigation.)
  • Cockburntown Fossil Reef Quicktime Movies

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    Lighthouse Cave

    This cave system is connected to the ocean. Water level in the cavern responds, with a significant lag time, to oceanic high & low tides. It can be unnerving to see watermarks on the cave walls above your head. Everyone seems to really enjoy exploring this cave!

    TME, Summer '97,'98, '99, '00 & '01 Lighthouse and Altar Caves

    While the dialogue below focuses on people in TME, be sure to take a look at the pictures within these caves. The photos are excellent and provide much detail of the Lighthouse and Altar Cave environments.

    Lighthouse Views

    Lighthouse Views of the Island Quicktime Movies

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    Altar Cave

    Altar Cave Entrance on San Salvador (An exit point for freshwater discharge along a former interior Pleistocene shoreline > 125,000 years ago located near Grotto Beach. It is possibly contemporaneous with the Cockburntown fossil reef and may be analogous, in geologic structure and mode of formation, (TME 98) to a portion of today's modern shoreline at Grotto Beach where freshwater discharge is occuring today. Here, we walk along the ancient Pleistocene shoreline to get to Altar Cave (TME 98). [Note the irregular blocks cemented into the old shoreline!] Once inside the cave, you can "stretch your bones" in the open cavity in front of a Carbonate Altar!

    A Thunderstorm of Much Consequence

    In June, 1991, my entire Tropical Marine Ecology class was struck by lightning on San Salvador. We all survived the experience. For more info concerning this event, see the article Struck by lightning in the Bahamas in the Journal of Geological Education.1992.Vol 40 (3):225-226.

    Lightning Strike Burns

  • Lightning Burn Marks on Female Student (Numerous students had electrical burns)
  • Strange Starfish Shaped Burn Marks from lightning strike on my back!
  • The Lighthouse, San Sal
  • Southern Florida & the Everglades

    Manatees--A Close Encounter!

    This year we had the pleasure of viewing a solitary West Indian manatee (Trichechus inunguis latirostris) for about 20 minutes as he fed along the Key Largo western shoreline of Florida Bay at mileage marker 98. It was amazing!

    Quicktime Movies- Birds & Gopher Tortises


    Here are two pictures of more than 40 Everglades bird species (A and B)--from "Birds of the Everglades," Florida Flair Books

    Quicktime Movies of Birds in Southwest Florida and the Everglades

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    Other Animals


    Everglades Quicktime Movies (Alligators, Insects, Etc.)

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    Gopher Tortises (Gopherus polyphemus)

    Before coming to SW Florida, I had only seen two Gopher Tortises in the wild (another Tortise Closeup). They belong to the Family Testudinidae which includes the famous Galapogos tortises as well as Tortises from the Islands off the East Coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. All turtles in this family are completely terrestrial. Gopher tortises belong to the genus (Gopherus)of which there are three species in the United States. In the southeast US, the species is (polyphemus).They are primarily vegetarians and live in elaborate burrow systems. Their burrows are often shared with commensals such as the harmless indigo snake, gopher frog, and the poisonous diamondback rattler. Somtimes foxes have been known to take refuge from hunters in their burrows.

    There was a time I would have given up all of my meager bank account just to spot a gopher tortise in the wild! They require sandy soil for burrowing and their numbers are declining primarily due to habitat destruction. In Florida, these rugged looking turtles can be locally abundant and their burrows can be a significant landscape feature. I spotted three in one day alone! This Tortise is on his way to his underground burrow and as adults, they can be Very Large! An adult's shell is often worn smooth from continual burrowing activity in sandy soil.

    A close-up of a young Gopher Tortise Carapace (Upper Shell). The carapace has a series of laminae (scales) that can be divided into central, lateral and marginal laminae based upon their location on the shell. Each "horny scale" or lamina has a series of additions (aaptivanalogous to growth rings in trees) that represent each year of growth. How many years of growth can you make out on this spendid specimen? Other Pictures (Beautiful thunderstorms, sunrises, insects & orchids)

    Gopher Tortise Quicktime Movies in Southwest Florida

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    The islands off the southwest Florida coast near Ft. Myers frequently have very large populations of tortises. I recently started a study (we surveyed 66 tortise burrows in March '99) of these fascinating creatures on North Captiva Island. The movies are quite large, but should be worth the wait!

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    Other Shots!!


    The Swamps of Southern Louisiana (Snakes & Other Creatures)

    Jean Lafitte National Park:

    Pictures from Other Areas (The Flower Gardens Marine Sanctuary)

  • Quicktime Movie!A students pet gecko, Leo, stalks and captures a cricket!

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    Tropical Marine Ecology has been taught for the last 14 years. Check out the SYLLABUS.

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