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TROPICAL MARINE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION                                                    February 2017

Seven New Students for Spring Semester 2017

Our newest group of CIEE students left their homes in cold and snowy U.S. cities and moved in at our Residence Hall for the start of a semester abroad on the beautiful island of Bonaire. Already they have learned how to rescue an unconscious scuba diver in an emergency situation and how to identify brittle stars, anemones, blue crabs and sea urchins in the tidal flats. The semester is now fully underway and the CIEE staff are excited for these seven stellar students to get started on their research projects. 

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Welcome to the Staff Team: Courtney Klatt

Welcome to the Staff Team: Courtney Klatt

By: SJ Byce, CIEE Intern Coordinator.   Our newest member of the Spring 2017 staff team received the fondest welcome upon her arrival on the island. This was not Courtney’s first trip to Bonaire. In fact, Courtney’s arrival at the CIEE Research Station was a mere two weeks after her departure from the island the previous month. Courtney Klatt is …

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Perfect Buoyancy and the Elusive Bubble

Perfect Buoyancy and the Elusive Bubble

By: Marc Tsagaris, CIEE Advanced Scuba Instructor and Facilities Manager CIEE Research Station Bonaire’s AAUS scientific diving program strives to provide students with the skills required to safely and efficiently collect underwater data, while having minimal impact on the ecosystem. One way we achieve this is by teaching perfect buoyancy (read the “Underwater Relay Race” post from last month about …

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Carnaval

Carnaval

By: Astrid Verstappen, Dive Safety Officer The feast of excess and extravagance. A final illusion of abundance before stocks run low and fasting is no longer a choice. All week he is celebrated and honored, up until the day of his demise. Momo is king for a week and watches over the cheerful crowd with a round belly and a …

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