Dauphin Island Sea Lab Academic Programs will hold information sessions on the Coral Reef Ecology and Biology course

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The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Academic Programs will provide two opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn about the Coral Reef Biology and Ecology course. Dr. Kenneth Hoadley will lead the information sessions on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 and Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. CST. Students interested in learning more about the course should email Dr. Hoadley for the Zoom link.

The Coral Reef Biology and Ecology course will explore the ecology and evolution of coral reef communities with a view to understanding what is happening on reefs today.

This four-credit course will begin with self-paced online lectures and activities available beginning April 1, 2023. The online portion can be taken on its own but is required to participate in the field component. In May, students will travel to San Salvador in the Bahamas and stay at the Gerace Research Center.

During their stay, students will have access to numerous coral reef and seagrass/mangrove systems to explore and conduct short experimental projects. The field component of this course will expose students to field research techniques and specialized tools for assessing coral health and biology.

Overall, the course will cover the flow of energy through reefs, the biogeochemical cycle important for the continued development of reefs, the microbial interactions that govern the flow of carbon and nitrogen through coral reefs, and threats current climate change.

The online and field course technically ends on May 20, 2023, but students are encouraged to complete most of the online course before the start of the field component.

There is no assigned textbook and most readings will be research papers published prior to the conference.

The prerequisite for the course is two semesters of general biology or the equivalent. A course in general ecology is recommended.

*Special fees apply and will be determined by the number of course participants (approximately $1400.00 + travel expenses). Round-trip flights from Miami to San Salvador are available via Bahamas Air (approximately $500 round-trip). To reduce travel costs, interested students can travel with us to and from Miami (from DISL via van). A travel deposit (1/2 – excluding travel) is due March 15, 2023, with the remaining portion due April 29, 2023. Fees are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled.

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