The following summer study or field studies programs are being offered during the summer session. If you have questions, please contact the coordinators for each program.

Course# Sec Course Title Instructor Credit  
CL 280 A Archaeological Fieldwork Rulman 04 by Arr.
CL 280 B Archaeological Fieldwork George 04 by Arr.
CL 281 A Study Tour Seminar George 04 by Arr.

Other Opportunities

  • Archaeological Field School
  • Biology Field Studies: Belize
  • Coriglia/Orvieto Excavations

Field Studies in Tropical Biology (BI222): Belize

  • Course dates: May 22 - June 2, 2017 
  • Application & deposit ($500) deadline: January 2018
  • Estimated course fees: $3,200 - $3,600* (plus airfare) 
  • Prerequisites: completion of the spring course Tropical Biology (BI221) and permission to register by instructor

*Final cost will depend on number of students enrolled and price of airfare.

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  • BI 222: Field Studies in Tropical Biology

    Tropical Biology (BI 221) and Field Studies in Tropical Biology (BI 222) constitute a four-credit, two-course sequence that introduces students to the biological complexity of tropical ecosystems. BI 221 is a 2-credit course offered during spring semester (odd years) that examines the fundamental scientific concepts and theories that describe tropical systems. Course work will cover a variety of topics, including the natural history of tropical biota, patterns of species diversity, rainforest ecology and conservation, coral reef ecology, and Belizean history and culture. BI 222 is a 2-credit course offered in the summer (odd years) that complements the understanding of tropical biology students have gained in the classroom by providing a hands-on field experiences in the ecologically diverse Central American country of Belize. Throughout the trip, Saint Anselm faculty (Dr. Eric Berry and Dr. Lori LaPlanteand local experts will lead field exercises in two of the most species-rich ecosystems on the planet, the neo-tropical rainforest and coral reef.  With its emphasis on Belizean ecosystems and travel within the country, this course provides students a unique opportunity to learn about and then experience the ecology and culture of a different country.    

    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

    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 the reproductive biology of fish in Long Island Sound (CT), the Great Barrier Reef (Australia), and Okinawa 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, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, 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


    • 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, visit the Center for Disease Control Web site.
    • Additional supplies/gear will be required for the course. Review the packing list (114 KB) for details.
  • Applying & Financial Aid

    HBelize2.jpgow to apply for BI222 - Field Studies in Tropical Biology

    1. Contact Prof. Berry or Prof. LaPlante to confirm eligibility to enroll (pre-requisite: BI 221 and permission to register by instructor).
    2. Visit the study abroad website to create an on-line study abroad account and begin the application paperwork.  Note: you will need to first create an account; then login in to that account and apply to "Program Country": Belize.
    3. Bring a $500 deposit (checks payable to Saint Anselm College) to the study abroad office (third floor Cushing Hall) by the application deadline.

    Other points to consider

    • Course costs are estimated to be $3,100 - $3,500 (plus airfare). Includes summer tuition, housing, ground transfers, and most meals in Belize.  The final cost will depend on the number of students enrolled and price of airfare.
    • Equipment costs. To travel and study safely in the tropics requires certain specialized clothing and equipment. Download the class packing list (PDF/116KB) to preview these items. More information on packing advice and restrictions will be provided during a mandatory class orientation/informational meeting during the Spring semester.
    • Participation is limited to 12 students per year. Students enrolled in the course will have their deposit credited toward course fees.
    • Cancellation Policy: If for any reason a student chooses to withdraw from this course, notification must be submitted in writing to the instructor(s) and must include the reason for requesting withdrawal. Verbal statements of withdrawal will not be considered as notification of withdrawal; therefore the student will still be considered a participant until written notification is received by the instructor(s). Availability for refund will be based on the date of written notification for withdrawal.

    If a student withdraws from the summer program less than 30 days prior to the program's start, we cannot guarantee the refund of any expenses. In the event that extreme circumstances during the 30 days prior to the start of the course cause the student to withdraw, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis. At the discretion of the instructors, any funds that are recoverable and uncommitted may be refunded.

    Under no circumstances can any refund requests be considered for students who have completed the course or who have been sent home early from the course. Furthermore, at no time can the instructor(s) refund charges that are not recoverable and have been commited on the student's behalf.

    You may be able to use monies from your financial aid package toward this course. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.