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TROPICAL MARINE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION                                                    March 2017

Research in Progress

Spring semester students have now spent countless hours in the field, in the lab and on the computer collecting and analyzing data for their independent research (IR) projects. With topics ranging from coral black band disease to bar jack foraging patterns this group of students has gained a wealth of new skills as research scientists. This past week was particularly hectic as each student was keen to finish one last research dive or one additional experimental trial as IR data collection came to a close. Next month we will feature the conclusions and findings from some of their work.

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It's an Invasion

By: Courtney Klatt This past week CIEE Spring Semester students studied invasive species. During their class, they discussed some of the different ways that species can be introduced into a new ecosystem, such as aquarium releases, ballast water release, or by attaching themselves to floating docks or boats that move between ecosystems. After being introduced into a new ecosystem, the …

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Honing New Skills: A Student’s Perspective

By: Evan Claggett, Spring Semester Student 2017 I have always considered myself a very outdoorsy person.  Whether it was camping, hiking, biking, or kayaking, from a young age, I was always outdoors. As I progressed in my major of marine science at Coastal Carolina University, I started to recognize how essential computer programs are for marine scientists. Microsoft Excel was …

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Inside the CIEE Lab

The lab at CIEE Research Station Bonaire features a wide assortment of scientific equipment for use in student research projects and classwork. In the lab our students study marine science on the micro scale to complement the macro scale observations they make in the field. By dissecting lionfish or zooming in 300xs to see plankton under a microscope students learn …

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