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This 8 week course combines courses around diving, research methods and coral reef ecology with a hands-on team research project. The final result will be a public lecture and a paper.

Students will be participating in the following courses:

Coral Reef Ecology

frogfish_studentsCoral Reef Ecology introduces students to basic ecological and biological principles such as competition, diversity, symbiosis, disturbance, adaptation, reproduction, and recruitment as well as basic biology and identification of the major taxa living in coral reef ecosystems. This course also examines the importance of seagrass and mangrove ecosystems and gives an introduction to oceanography and planktonic communities. Scuba and snorkeling excursions to the coral reef and laboratory sessions supplement the lectures and give students practical experience. Contact hours: 60. Recommended Credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours.

Instructor: dr. Franziska Elmer
2016-10-24T19:47:25+00:00
Coral Reef Ecology introduces students to basic ecological and biological principles such as competition, diversity, symbiosis, disturbance, adaptation, reproduction, and recruitment as well as basic biology and identification of the major taxa living in coral reef ecosystems. This course also examines the importance of seagrass and mangrove ecosystems and gives an introduction to oceanography and planktonic communities. Scuba and snorkeling excursions to the coral reef and laboratory sessions supplement the lectures and give students practical experience. Contact hours: 60. Recommended Credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Instructor: dr. Franziska Elmer

Advanced Scuba

dsc05786Students expand their understanding of scuba diving beyond the recreational level in order to fully participate in the scientific dive program in Bonaire. CIEE is an institutional member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and adheres to the safety program sanctioned by AAUS. Students learn techniques that improve their diving skills and learn to respond to medical emergencies in and out of the water. By completing the course and the co-requisite course Marine Ecology Field Research Methods; students gain a certification as an AAUS Scientific Diver. Students receive training for certifications in open water diving, advanced adventure diving, rescue diving and Diving First Aid for Professional Divers.

Contact hours: 15. Recommended Credit: 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours.

Instructors: Astrid de Jager and Marc Tsagaris
2016-10-24T20:06:09+00:00
Students expand their understanding of scuba diving beyond the recreational level in order to fully participate in the scientific dive program in Bonaire. CIEE is an institutional member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and adheres to the safety program sanctioned by AAUS. Students learn techniques that improve their diving skills and learn to respond to medical emergencies in and out of the water. By completing the course and the co-requisite course Marine Ecology Field Research Methods; students gain a certification as an AAUS Scientific Diver. Students receive training for certifications in open water diving, advanced adventure diving, rescue diving and Diving First Aid for Professional Divers. Contact hours: 15. Recommended Credit: 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours. Instructors: Astrid de Jager and Marc Tsagaris

Marine Ecology Field Research Methods

Students apply internationally recognized field research methods in an inquiry-driven approach to understanding tropical marine ecosystems. The course focuses on training students in field observation, data collection, record keeping, and data analysis in order to study coral reef, seagrass and mangrove communities. During the course, students conduct fieldwork using SCUBA and are involved in ongoing research projects in collaboration with the Bonaire National Marine Park. Equipment commonly used includes: compasses, transect lines, quadrats, underwater video cameras, fish survey T-bars, writing slates, benthic corers, light meters and secchi disks. Students will become familiar with photographic equipment, underwater housings, and image software. In addition to this, students learn to organize, test, and evaluate data sets and present their findings.

While the course introduces students to research diving knowledge and techniques with broad applications, it focuses on using scuba research techniques to better understand coral reef, seagrass and mangrove communities.

Contact hours: 45. Recommended Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Instructors: dr. Franziska ElmerĀ and Zac Kohl, ms
2016-10-24T20:09:55+00:00
Students apply internationally recognized field research methods in an inquiry-driven approach to understanding tropical marine ecosystems. The course focuses on training students in field observation, data collection, record keeping, and data analysis in order to study coral reef, seagrass and mangrove communities. During the course, students conduct fieldwork using SCUBA and are involved in ongoing research projects in collaboration with the Bonaire National Marine Park. Equipment commonly used includes: compasses, transect lines, quadrats, underwater video cameras, fish survey T-bars, writing slates, benthic corers, light meters and secchi disks. Students will become familiar with photographic equipment, underwater housings, and image software. In addition to this, students learn to organize, test, and evaluate data sets and present their findings. While the course introduces students to research diving knowledge and techniques with broad applications, it focuses on using scuba research techniques to better understand coral reef, seagrass and mangrove communities. Contact hours: 45. Recommended Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Instructors: dr. Franziska ElmerĀ and Zac Kohl, ms

Coral Reef Ecology Research

DCIM100GOPROG0032785.Students conduct research on a coral reef ecology project under the direct supervision of a faculty advisor. The topic will be provided by the faculty adviser and students will work independently and in small groups (4 students per group) on reviewing the literature, creating a bibliography, defining research methods, sampling, analysis of data, presentation of research findings in a public setting and writing a manuscript according to peer-reviewed journal formatting requirements. Students learn the basic elements of the research process: defining a topic, formulating a research question, seeking answers using the appropriate field and laboratory research methods, verbalizing research results, presenting scientific research in a public forum, and writing a scientific manuscript.

Instructors: dr. Franziska Elmer & Zac Kohl, ms

Contact hours: 45. Recommended Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

 
2016-10-26T14:07:58+00:00
Students conduct research on a coral reef ecology project under the direct supervision of a faculty advisor. The topic will be provided by the faculty adviser and students will work independently and in small groups (4 students per group) on reviewing the literature, creating a bibliography, defining research methods, sampling, analysis of data, presentation of research findings in a public setting and writing a manuscript according to peer-reviewed journal formatting requirements. Students learn the basic elements of the research process: defining a topic, formulating a research question, seeking answers using the appropriate field and laboratory research methods, verbalizing research results, presenting scientific research in a public forum, and writing a scientific manuscript. Instructors: dr. Franziska Elmer & Zac Kohl, ms Contact hours: 45. Recommended Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.  

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