Belize Field Experience 2015 and 2016
We will stay at the Tropical Ecology and Research Center in San Pedro Belize, also on the island of Caye Caulker, and at another location on the mainland. The primary focus will be the marine systems of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, and particularly issues related to marine conservation and human island ecology. We will also explore terrestrial biology and the history of the ancient Maya.
Belize is an outstanding choice for many reasons. The barrier reef there is the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The marine protected area (MPA) off the coast of San Pedro is one of the most successful in existence, making it possible for us to see many organisms not generally encountered throughout most of the rest of the Caribbean. Belize is a hospitable location, free of the "hassling" that is typical of locations like Jamaica. The language is English. The facilities we will stay at are not luxurious, but are safe, comfortable, and lots of fun!
This is available for undergraduate and graduate credit. Scholarships are available.
Class photo, 2012
Photo: Amanda Devereux, BFE 2012
Manatees Photo: Amanda Devereux, BFE 2012
Caribbean Reef Squid. Photo: Taylor Kauffman, BFE2009
Green Turtles in Hol Chan Marine Park. Photo by Sherry Frazier, BFE 2008
2008 BFE group. Photo Maureen Mattes, BZTREC
Photo by Kristin Lenke, BFE 2008
Aerial view of Ambergris Caye area. Photo J. Engman BFE 2008
Mayan ruins. Photo J. Engman BFE 2008
Belize 2014 group. Photo J. Engman
LINK TO ENGMAN HOMEPAGE
LINK TO HSU NEOTROPICAL ECOLOGY CLASS (PANAMA)
Last updated 6 February 2015