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Tropical Marine Ecology of the Florida Keys, Everglades & Bahamas

Go to the MARINE ECOLOGY COURSE SYLLABUS

Interested in Marine Ecology? Although there are 770 Days left before we hit the water in summer 2014, I am taking applications NOW! First-come, first-served! Contact R. Hays Cummins.

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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!

Use "Pop-Ups" below to select Marine Ecology 2005/2004/2003 Slideshows and Videos!

VISIT THIS YEARS Tropical Ecosystem Field Course Syllabi

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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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San Salvador is about 325 miles ESE of Miami, Florida. Map ©1996 NGS Cartographic Division. Developed in association with GeoSystems Global Corp.


Many of the pictures were taken at locations shown on this beautiful false color infrared image of San Salvador.Unmodified image courtesy of Gottfried, P. K., C. A. Clark, P. J. Godfrey, and G. W. Smith, 1992, 4th Symposium on the Natural History of the Bahamas and NASA.

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 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

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Many of these images are very large and are best viewed using an External Viewer such as Graphic Converter. Configure your browser to have your external viewer open the images. Then you're all set!! Fill your screen with tropical splendor!

Most of the pictures were taken in the Bahamas and the Florida Keys by Professor Cummins. Other contributors include past course participants Joe Ison, Barb Dean, Chris Holder, Laura Siebenburgen , Becky Deehr, James Molholm, Whitney Long, Jon Wright, Marcy Hamilton, Charles Ice, Patricia Foshee, Emily Devillers, Diana Ball, and Muriel Blaisdell.

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

Landmarks

Bahamian Field Station & Other Places, San Salvador, Bahamas

Organisms

Coral Reef Images

From an airplane, many of the Windward Bahamian Barrier Reefs look just like this regardless of the island. Note the classic high energy zone and the calmer lagoon between the barrier reef and coastline.

Acropora Gallery

Beautiful Top Reef Images

Other Corals

NEW! Recent Coral Photos

Soft and Horny Corals

The soft corals include such beautiful representatives as the Gorgonians. Gorgonians have eight tentacles that bear pinnate projections called pinnules. Stony corals have tentacles in multiples of six. Gorgonians lack a calcareous skeleton but do have calcareous spicules. They can be very colorful. Gorgonians include sea rods, sea whips, sea fans, and sea feather plumes. They are often attached to the substrate via a holdfast.

Coral Quicktime Movies

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NEW! QUICKTIME MOVIES of Night Dives-- includes morays, squid and Octopus. A second night dive features "corals assuming the position" as they feed

Florida Keys (More coral movies can be found HERE)

Bahamas

Giant Caribbean Sea Anemones (Condylactis gigantea)

NEW! More Invertebrates

Other Invertebrates

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 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

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Jellyfish, Ctenophore & Other Invertebrate Quicktime Movies

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Drawing By Megan Cummins

"The Juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea....Searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain anymore, so it eats it. (It's rather like getting tenure!) Daniel Dennett, Consciousness Explained

Night Dive Quicktime Movies (Lobsters, Squids & Fish)

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It's tough to beat a night dive. The experience is filled with uncertainty, wonder and anticipation. One's whole world is condensed to a shaft of light which quickly dissolves to nothingness. What lies beyond?

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Mangroves

Mangrove Quicktime Movies

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Mangroves are wonderful ecosystems found throughout the worlds tropical coastlines. The plants themselves are not closely related to one another. Rather, they have evolved to inhabit the same stressful environments--they are incredibly important estaurine nursery grounds. Hosts to incredible biomass, they are where I take my students for their first snorkel.

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The Molluscs of Pigeon Creek

A Look at the Tidal Range & Current Speed for a Few Days in a Past January at the"Blow-Out" Area Near the Mouth of Pigeon Creek. Graph by Mark Boardman.

Seagrass/Algae Density Study, Grahams Harbor

NEW! More Fish!

Fish-- A Quicktime Slideshow(~2.5mb) of a variety of Fish & other stuff! Really Nice

Slides are below!

Great Barracuda-(Sphyraena barracuda)

Interesting Grouper-(Epinephelus striatus) and (Epinephelus fulvus)

Each year, we see several sharks. It's always a thrill!

Various Fish, Soft and Hard Coral Quicktime Movies

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 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 Louisiana Swamps Flower Gardens  Mangroves

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View scans of "Guide to Caribbean Reef Fish" by Natural World Press. Side 1 and Side 2.

SCUBA Divers and Snorkelers

"The second reef wasn't really a reef. Rather it was where the shelf dropped off. The water here was so beautiful it was like swimming in the pool in Miami, perfect temperature too. The color, though, I can't describe it. When I got to the deeper water, I felt like I was in another world. If there is a heaven, it was out there." The Wall Snorkel, Bamboo Point. From the Journal of Melissa Mejia, 6/21/98

French Bay (A Spectacular Wall Dive)

Bird Nesting Sights (White and Catto Keys, Grahams Harbor, and San Salvador)

Bahamian Sea Bird Quicktime Movies

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Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas)

Nectivorous Bats

One of my students, Scott Wankel, helped Dr. Fleming, a professor from the University of Miami, capture, sample, and release bat specimens (the buffy flower bat (Erophylla sezekorni)) from Lighthouse Cave on San Salvador. Dr. Fleming studies the genetics of bat dispersal on islands. All of the bats were released unharmed (TME 01)

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More Marine Ecology Images and Movies on the Next Page

 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

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Tropical Marine Ecology has been taught for the last 12 years. Check out the SYLLABUS.

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