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TROPICAL MARINE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION                                                    April 2017

Spring Semester Winds to a Close

April may be the busiest month of the semester for our Spring 2017 students. This month students finished their IR research projects and prepared their work for publication in Physis, the CIEE research journal. They also traveled to Curacao Island for an overnight field trip, toured the reef 300ft deep in a submarine, hiked Brandaris Mountain and explored a local Acropora hotspot. Each group of CIEE students is different, but these seven students have been particularly diligent and dedicated to their work. We are excited to hear their final presentations in a few short days and will be sad to see them go!

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Student Research Highlight

Student Research Highlight

CIEE Spring Semester student Shannon Brown talks about her research entitled: "Time budgeting and community structure of the fairy basslet, Gramma loreto" What school do you come from? Major? Academic Year? I am an Honors Marine Biology major at the University of Oregon located Eugene, Oregon. I am currently a senior and will be graduating in September 2017. What question(s) does …

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Chemistry Class for the Junior Rangers

Chemistry Class for the Junior Rangers

By: Martijn Koot, CIEE Intern In addition to offering semester programs, CIEE Bonaire engages in community outreach activities. One important partnership is with the Junior Rangers of Bonaire, an educational youth group of STINAPA for middle school and high school students. This past month CIEE Bonaire organized a hands-on chemistry class for the Jr. Rangers. The goal was to teach …

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CIEE students host AGRRA panel

CIEE students host AGRRA panel

By: Maddie Emms, As part of their unique, hands-on course, Marine Ecology and Field Research Methods, students were introduced to the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) Program. AGRRA offers a standardized method to conduct comparable surveys of coral reef health across the tropical Western Atlantic, covering benthic, coral, and fish communities. Armed with transects, quadrats, and T-bars, and …

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