Geology 413/513--June 10-June 24, 2008
- Prerequisites: Two natural science courses or permission of instructor
- Credit hours: 5
- Instructor: Dr. Hays Cummins
- Location: Everglades and Florida Keys, then San Salvador, Bahamas at the Gerace Research Center (formerly the Bahamian Field Station)
- When: mid June
- Additional Fees: circa $675
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
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:$675 plus tuition and fees for 5 credit hours of Miami University
GLG 413/513- Course Economics
Rm & Board
Out-of-State Fees-(If applicable)
REGISTRATION:Reserve a spot by contacting me
at 513-529-1338. First come - first served.
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School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Miami University
Oxford, Ohio 45056 513-529-1338