Field Studies in Tropical Biology (BI222) is co-taught by two members of the Saint Anselm Biology Department, Dr. Eric Berry and Dr. Lori LaPlante. The course is roughly divided between a terrestrial savanna and rainforest component taught primarily by Dr. Berry and a coral reef ecology component taught primarily by Dr. LaPlante.
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.
Office: Goulet 2324
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