ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES OPPORTUNITY IN THE CARIBBEAN
Island Ecosystems (BLY 483/583 and BLY 592) May 2000
Island Ecosystems will provide an eye opening overview of current conflicts and issues concerning the environment and progressive development in the Caribbean. Studies will begin with first hand exploration of island ecology. As the course unfolds, theories and issues will be developed for Caribbean conservation while considering management principles, economic limitations and ecological concerns. The course agenda will include a series of lectures and labs, open discussions and debates encompassing all aspects of island ecosystems and the battle for sustainable development.
The course will be held at the Provo Marine Biology Education Centre, Turks and Caicos, BWI. The Turks and Caicos is an island archipelago comprised of seven major landforms that range in their growth stage from undeveloped to those rapidly undergoing development. The main study site and quarters are located on Providenciales. Provo is considered the "heart" of the developing sector, and provides an ideal case study for observing impacts and issues associated with sustainable development.
Course Prerequisites and Requirements
The Island Ecosystems course is geared for the upper level undergraduate or graduate student with a basic science background. The focus of the course lies in understanding how various ecosystems interact and in their use as resources. Management strategies that minimize developmental impacts and political and economic conditions that drive progress will be considered. Please see course topics listed below.
The length of the course will be approximately two weeks, including a minimum of 34 lecture hours and 30 hours of field study / laboratory time. The course itinerary will include two lectures (3 hr) and one field / lab trip (3 hr) per day. Grading will be based primarily on field notebooks, class participation in discussions and a project report and presentation.
Students wishing to participate in the course must register through the University of South Alabama. This course, although complimentary to the Marine Environmental Science Consortium (MESC) courses, is not considered an MESC course. Please contact Anne Boettcher (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information.
Please note that course offering is dependent on a minimum enrollment of 10, with a maximum enrollment of 24.