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TROPICAL MARINE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION                                             October 2015

Exciting Times at CIEE Research Station Bonaire!

Our fall semester is in full swing here at CIEE Research Station Bonaire and hence there are lots of exciting activities to report. In this issue of our newsletter, you can read about innovative tools CIEE faculty are using to teach coral reef ecology and conservation, a recent beach cleanup that staff and students participated in, our diving program, and recent trip CIEE students and staff took to Curaçao to tour the neighboring island and explore the depths in the Seastation Curaçao Curasub! 

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A Trip to Curaçao

A Trip to Curaçao

At 5:30 in the morning on a recent monday, the CIEE Bonaire student residence hall was more alive than usual. Staff and students, while still wiping the sleep out of their eyes and desperately looking for that last cup of coffee, gathered in the trucks to go to the airport. They were ready for a new adventure to Bonaire's sister island, Curaçao. …

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New Paper on Diver Impacts from CIEE Bonaire

New Paper on Diver Impacts from CIEE Bonaire

Earlier this month, a group of past and present CIEE Bonaire staff, interns, and students published a research paper titled, "The effect of recreational SCUBA divers on the structural complexity and benthic assemblage of a Caribbean coral reef" in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation. For many of the group of interns and students, the paper is their first peer-reviewed scientific publication, a major …

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Scuba newbies to pros

Scuba newbies to pros

Here at CIEE Research Station Bonaire, we hold our students to the highest standards possible, including our dive program. Our rigorous curriculum is aimed at producing the best scientific divers possible through an intensive dive program. Our fall 2015 study abroad program has been no exception to this and our students have dove right into scuba diving, both the theory …

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#CoralReefEcology

#CoralReefEcology

As things here at CIEE Bonaire start to settle into a grove, the Coral Reef Ecology instructors decided to keep their students on their toes. They recently used Twitter in the classroom as a fun new way for students to review and study for their upcoming midterm. They came up with clever hash tags that related to a variety of concepts …

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Conservation, Social Traps, and M&Ms

Conservation, Social Traps, and M&Ms

Students struggle to harvest "fish" In the Tropical Marine Conservation Biology course, we educate students about the strategies and obstacles we face as marine conservation biologists. This month we introduced the topic of “social traps.” These traps are invisible yet everywhere in our present-day society. In terms of environmental conservation, these traps often present short-term benefits for individual practices (use …

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CIEE Participates in World Cleanup Day

CIEE Participates in World Cleanup Day

Trash cleanup team On Saturday September 19th a group of 13 CIEE staff members and students woke up early to volunteer in Selibon NV’s (http://www.selibon.com/) World Clean Up Day. Many different sponsors and volunteers made the day a huge success. The event is held all across the island and this year nearly 5,000 kilos (that’s over 1,000 pounds) of trash …

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