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TROPICAL ISLAND ECOLOGY - Undergraduate May Term Course - 2015




INT 221 - (for Non-science Majors) 4 credits




BIO 321 / ENV 321 - (for Science & Science Ed majors) 4 credits




Faculty: Nancy Prentiss & Ron Butler


Division of Natural Sciences, Biology Dept., University of Maine at

Farmington - Farmington, Maine 04938




We are offering our Tropical Island Ecology course for the 10th consecutive

year. This course provides experiential learning of the biotic and abiotic

factors that govern tropical island ecosystems (coral reefs, grass beds,

mangroves, dry Antillean scrub and moist mature forests) found on a typical

Caribbean island (St. John, USVI). Topics addressed include: biodiversity,

adaptation and co-evolution, animal behavior, energy flow and nutrient

cycling between terrestrial and marine systems, climate, geography, and

human impact on island ecology. All students will participate in a

collaborative research project involving coral reef fish diversity and

daily lessons on island ecology. Intensive field work includes daily

snorkeling and moderately strenuous hiking to field locations. Assessments

will include a field journal, pre-and post-course examinations covering

course material and species identification, on-site lessons, and course

participation assessment. Course assignments for science majors (BIO 321 /

ENV 321) differ from non-majors (INT 221)




Course Location - University of Maine at Farmington & Virgin Islands

Environmental Resource Station, St John, USVI




Course dates - May 18 – June 1, 2015 (4 class days at UMF, 11 days on St





Trip Fee: $2,400 (covers all travel, housing, meals, and equipment rentals)

plus tuition (instate = $1044, out of state = $2180)




Contact: Nancy Prentiss prentiss@maine.edu 207-778-7396




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