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This course introduces students to the biological complexity of the tropics through participatory field experiences in the ecologically diverse Central American country of Belize. This course introduces students to the biological complexity of the tropics through participatory field experiences.
Frog gets away from Lauren MorseField trips and exercises are conducted in two of the most species rich ecosystems on the planet.
Night Hike in rainforestStudents participate in a night hike in the tropical rainforest.

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Field Studies in Tropical Biology (BI222): Belize

  • Course dates: Summer 2015 (Dates to be announced)
  • Application & deposit ($500) deadline: TBA
  • Estimated course fees: $3,800 - $4,500* (includes airfare) 
  • Prerequisites: completion of BI221 and permission to register by instructor

*Final cost will depend on enrollment and airfare prices.

BI222 (new course number as of 2014): Field Studies in Tropical Biology 

A 2-credit course offered in the first summer session. This course introduces students to the biological complexity of the tropics through participatory field experiences in the ecologically diverse Central American country of Belize. Field trips and exercises are conducted in two of the most species rich ecosystems on the planet, the neo-tropical rainforest and coral reef. Saint Anselm faculty (Dr. Eric Berry and Dr. Lori LaPlante) and local experts will lecture on a variety of topics including the natural history of tropical biota, patterns of species diversity, rainforest ecology and conservation, ethnobiology, fish behavior, and coral reef ecology. Watch a short video from previous classes in the rainforest or out on the coral reef. See pictures at our Facebook site. Note to Biology majors: completion of both BI221 and BI222 are necessary to count as one of your major elective laboratory courses.

Faculty

Dr. Eric Berry earned his Ph.D. in Botany studying a threatened palm species in the cloud forests of northeastern Mexico and has nearly 15 years of teaching and research experience in tropical forest ecology. In addition to regularly teaching the Belize course, Dr. Berry has travelled extensively throughout the tropics, visiting tropical forests and savannas within the Bahamas, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama. He is an active member of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and is SCUBA certified.

Dr. Lori LaPlante earned her Ph.D. in Ecology studying reproductive biology of fish in Long Island Sound, the Great Barrier Reef, and Japan. She has nearly 20 years teaching and research experience in tropical marine ecology. Dr. LaPlante is an experienced world traveller having spent the last 20 years travelling on unbeaten paths in countries like Australia, Belize, Ecuador (Galapagos), Fiji, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, and South Africa. She is a Master Scuba Diver with additional certifications in rescue diving, dry suit diving, night diving, scientific diving, scientific nitrox diving, wilderness first aid, and CPR.   

Trip Includes

  • Round trip airfare to and from Belize
  • Saint Anselm summer tuition
  • 1 day of savannah field studies at Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 3 days of rainforest field studies at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary/Jaguar Reserve
  • 6 days of coral reef field studies at Tobacco Caye
  • 1 night accommodation in or near Belize City
  • All housing, ground transfers, and most meals in Belize
  • The expertise of Saint Anselm College faculty Dr. Eric Berry and Dr. Lori LaPlante

Other

  • This course is open to all majors who have taken one semester of college-level biology
  • Participation is limited to 12 students, priority is given to students who completed BI221
  • A $500 deposit (nonrefundable) is due with application. The deposit will be credited against course fees.
  • For information on immunizations for Belize, click here to go to the Center for Disease Control website.
  • Additional supplies/gear will be required for the course. Review the packing list (114 KB) for details.

Applying

To apply, contact either of the faculty instructors.

Financial Aid

You may be able to use monies from your financial aid package toward this course. Contact Mac Broderick at (603) 641-7110 for more information.

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