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Acropora palmata is an important indicator species of barrier reefs in the tropical Atlantic. Fire coral are also abundant in the Bahamas.

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

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Tropical Marine Ecology of the Florida Keys, Everglades and Bahamas

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Course Syllabus 2008: Tropical Marine Ecology of the Florida Keys, Everglades and the Bahamas

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    Tropical Marine Ecology of the Florida Keys, Everglades and San Salvador, Bahamas

    Geology 413/513--June 8-June 22, 2008

    Focus: Tropical Marine Ecology is being offered to introduce both undergraduate and graduate students to the present and past ecologic environments of the Bahamas, Everglades and Florida Keys. Topics will be covered from an interdisciplinary perspective and students should have a keen interest in natural science. Quite simply, we will learn by doing. We will look, discuss, ask questions, reflect, and look again! It is possible you will learn more in this field course than you will in a semester back at Miami!

    We will explore:

    Days are spent in the field making observations and responding to questions and what I call "ecosystem challenges." Field notebooks and underwater slates will be provided. We will examine coral reef and grassbed ecology, taxonomy of vertebrates, invertebrates and flora (of coral reefs, lagoons and tidal flats), climate, and many physical aspects of marine ecology. Measurements and interpretation of environmental parameters (currents, tides, dissolved oxygen, pH, Eh, salinity, and temperature), sedimentology, and the statistical analyses of ecologic data will be performed using modern instrumentation and computers. Group and individual projects concerning biologic and physical analyses of select marine environments will be performed. We'll spend lots of time in the water, swimming and snorkeling. SCUBA opportunities will be available throughout the trip.

    Nights are spent in laboratory work, discussion groups, lectures and astronomic observations using a telescope.

    Class Mix: My goal is to have a class with a healthy variety of undergraduate majors, graduate students, and teachers that are eager to contribute and learn about these ecosystems. People from other universities, states or countries are encouraged to attend!

    Where: San Salvador, Bahamas, Everglades and Florida Keys

    Prerequisites: Strong desire to learn and two natural science courses. Limited scholarships are available. Maximum enrollment: 20.

    CREDIT: 5 semester hours

    COST:$695 plus tuition and fees for 5 credit hours of Miami University Registration

    GLG 413/513- Course Economics

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    Rm & Board

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    Geology

    5 hours

    $1367.50-UG

    $1450-Grad

    $695 $1367

    REGISTRATION:Reserve a spot by contacting me and paying a $100 deposit. First come - first served.

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    2008 -TROPICAL ECOSYSTEMS OF COSTA RICA-2008

    Geology 412/512: 5 Credit Hours

    May 19-June 3, 2008

    Purpose: To better understand the astonishing diversity of tropical ecosystems. Students in this course work together to investigate the ecology and cultures of Neotropical ecosystems: how they were formed and how they are changing.

    We will explore in 2008:

    Prerequisites: Two courses in the natural sciences and instructor permission. Limited scholarships are available. Course costs: tuition (5 hours credit) + $775 (room, board, travel, park entrance fees) + airfare.

    GLG 412/512- Course Economics

    Credits

    Tuition

    Rm & Board

    Out-of-State Fees- (If applicable)

    Geology

    5 hours

    $1367.50-UG

    $1450-Grad

    $775 $1367

    REGISTRATION:Reserve a spot by contacting me and paying a $100 deposit. First come - first served.

    For further info: Contact Dr. Hays Cummins, 513-529-1338

    Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica

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    Course Syllabus 2008: Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica

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