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TROPICAL MARINE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION                                              December 2017

CIEE Bonaire's Final Farewell

While our student's said farewell to Bonaire and CIEE on December 2nd, let's take a look back at their last few weeks. In addition to finishing up classes, students enjoyed snorkeling and camping before leaving the Caribbean. Our fantastic group of six students also concluded their IR research projects with a public presentation and many hours spent preparing their work for publications in Physis, the CIEE research journal. Cheers to eleven years of education and research with CIEE Bonaire. We look forward to seeing where all our staff and students go from here!

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Acropora Everywhere!

By: Liza Hasan On November 17th, the Coral Reef Ecology class took a snorkel trip to Lac Bay. As Lac Bay is the hub of windsurfing, this may seem like a peculiar place to snorkel, as much of the bay has a smooth, sandy bottom. However, there is a gem hidden amongst the clear blue water. Lucky to us students, …

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Echo Echo Echo: A Camping Trip to Remember

By: Leah Wessler Lake Gotomeer sparkled in the distance as students and staff set up camp. Despite a lively wrestling match with the wind, during which it tested every attempt at wrangling the tent, the CIEE team began the weekend with few mishaps. We were lucky enough to be spending the night at Echo Conservation Center and would be assisting …

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Student Research Highlight

CIEE Fall Semester student Rachel Fuller talks about her research entitled: "Do Spirobranchus giganteus act as deterrents against predation on their scleractinian coral hosts? What school do you come from? Major? Academic Year? I’m a junior at Virginia Wesleyan University pursuing a biology major. What question does your research address? My research question addresses the potential of a mutualistic relationship between Christmas …

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CIEE Bonaire's 200th Public Presentation

By: Shannon Brown On November 29th, CIEE Bonaire reached a spectacular milestone: their 200th Public Presentation. During the 200th Talk, the six, spectacular students from our Fall Semester presented their independent research projects. The public joined in person and via live stream on the CIEE facebook page as the students discussed the research projects they worked on for 3 months. At …

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