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BIOL: 424 Field Studies in Marine Biology
Spring 2018

Travel dates: ~March 11-18, 2018
Additional course fee: ~$2,000
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Prof. Anne Goodwin

Fee includes airfare to St. Thomas, transportation between St. Thomas and the field station, room & board at the field station, excursions/activities at the field station, and travel insurance.

St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Marine Biology

Field Studies in Marine Biology is a 4-credit course that will allow students to conduct research studies in marine habitats. Field work will take place in the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John). While at the VIERS field station, students will conduct research studies and visit a variety of habitats, including sand beaches, seagrass beds, mangrove forests and coral reefs. Before and after the trip, students will plan studies, write proposals, analyze data, prepare a research report and present findings.

Prerequisites: Instructor approval. Marine Biology is a prerequisite, but students who have not taken that course may do preparatory work over the winter break.

Marine Bio Group

Course times: Tuesdays 6:30-9:15 pm

Course activities before travel
- Lectures on tropical marine habitats, practice of aquatic techniques in pool, plant/animal identification quiz
- Project planning, grant writing

Travel dates: likely March 11-18, 2018
-Exact dates may vary based on flight & room availability
- Transport: Van from MCLA to airport, flight to St. Thomas, USVI, then local transport (ferry and taxi) to the field station on St. John

Activities during travel:Marine Bio VIERS
- Data collection at marine habitats
- Hikes to explore shoreline habitats
- Snorkeling excursions to explore marine habitats (coral reefs,
mangroves, seagrass beds) near the field station and around the island
- Sunrise hike
- A few free hours in Cruz Bay

Course activities after travel
- Data analysis
- Lab report preparation
- Presentation preparation

Additional course fee: ~$2,000
- Includes airfare, transportation, room & board at the field station, excursions/activities at the field station, and travel insurance.  Bio Turtle

Optional fees:
- Books for course (Marine Biology text, field guides)
- Breakfast and lunch on departure day, lunch and dinner on return day
- Snorkel equipment rental ($5/day)

Payment schedule:
- $800 due Oct 13, $600 due Nov 17, $600 due Jan 5

Funding:
- The course fee is eligible for financial aid support; consult the Financial Aid office for more information.
- Merit scholarships are available (minimum 3.2 GPA required; usually several hundred dollars per student; application due mid-October, notification of awards late-October.

Website: http://www.mcla.edu/Undergraduate/Experience/travelcourses/travelcoursescholarships/)

Marine Bio Cove

Contact Prof. Goodwin for more information
(anne.goodwin@mcla.edu)

Marine Bio Girl