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This course will introduce students to various concepts and theories concerning the distribution, ecology, evolution, and conservation of islands and their resident organisms. We will accomplish this through readings, discussions and hands-on field activities while staying on a Caribbean island, providing a unique opportunity for experiential learning in an unconventional classroom.


Prior to taking this course students must have completed BIOL 1001 and 1002 with a C or better. The objective of this course is to study the spatial and temporal distributions of organisms, populations, and species, in an era of global climate change, habitat fragmentation, and the globalization of human activity.This course will fulfill a lab-based elective for undergrad biology majors.


Sunday, 5 /20: Fly to Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport [Coxen Hole, Roatán), travel to accommodation in West End.
Monday, 5/21: AM lecture; Lab 1
Tuesday, 5/22 - AM lecture, PM group/paper discussion
Wednesday,  5/23 - AM lecture; Lab 2
Thursday 5/24 - AM lecture, PM group /paper discussion
Friday, 5 /25 - Lab 3 [Day trip to Utila to visit Kanahau Utila Research and Conservation Facility)
Sat/Sun, 5/26-27 - Free time
Monday, 5/28 - AM lecture;Lab 4
Tuesday, 5/29 - AM lecture, PM group/paper discussion
Wednesday, 5/30 - AM lecture; Lab 5
Thursday, 5 /31 - AM lecture, PM group /paper discussion
Friday, 6/1 - AM Lab 6, PM Study Session
Saturday, 6/2 - AM Final Exam
Sunday, 6/3 - Return to the USA


The students will be residing in Tortuga Cove throughout the duration of their stay.


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The island of Roatán boasts white sandy beaches and is surrounded by coral reefs, making it a diving and snorkeling hot spot. Although mainland Honduras is Spanish-speaking, English is the first language of most native islanders (regardless of race) with Spanish second. Roatán lies on the southern edge of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. However, unchecked tourism development and an increased population are putting a strain on Roatán's natural resources. Specifically deforestation, run-off, poorly managed waste treatment, and pollution are the main threats to the terrestrial and marine environments.

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