Happy New Year from CIEE, Spring 2017

Field trip to Washington Slagbaai National Park

By: Maddie Emms, CIEE Intern

It has been a busy start to January, with CIEE welcoming one new faculty member, three new interns and ten new students to the station, along with two other visiting schools – Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rhode Island.

Our newest Instructor, Zac Kohl, has kicked off J-term co-teaching the Marine Ecology and Field Research Methods course along with Dr. Franziska Elmer. New CIEE Intern Alison Watts has been assisting with endobenthos practicals and testing the students on their ID skills underwater, including a quiz on fishes, corals and coral diseases.

Instructor Kohl debriefs a dive on the surface with JTerm students

CIEE Intern Coordinator SJ Byce helped to supervise students on their AGRRA field surveys, which included data collection on our primary dive sites Yellow Submarine and Something Special. For some downtime, Maddie Emms accompanied the students on a Sunday trip to the Washington Slagbaai National Park, the first Natural Sanctuary of the Netherlands Antilles. The students enjoyed the wild flamingos, huge cacti, fantastic snorkeling and beautiful views over the island.

What a great start to 2017 at CIEE Bonaire.

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