Tropical Field Ecology (GB 459)
Department of Biological Sciences
Emporia State University

27 December 2015 - 5 January 2016

Tropical Field Ecology is a course taught by Dwight Moore. It is offered at the Gerace Research Center on San Salvador Island, Bahamas. The course explores the coral reefs that surround the island, with emphasis on the identification and habitat of the organisms that live there. The course also explores the terrestrial environment with emphasis on the birds and flowering plants of the island. This course is offered by the Department of Biological Sciences at Emporia State University. Students can register for 2 hours of undergraduate (GB 459) credit.

Course Information
  • Course Syllabus
  • Daily Activities
  • Equipment List
  • List of Organisms Identified During Previous Classes
  • Photos of Organisms from San Salvador Island
  • Photographs from Previous Trips (about 25 photos)

    Information about the Bahamas
  • Map of the Bahamas (271K file)
  • Bahamas On-line
  • San Salvador Island
  • State Department Travel Information
  • The World Fact Book -- The Bahamas

    The fee for the course is $1500 for a Kansas resident who is enrolled full-time for the spring semester. This includes lodging in San Salvador Island, hotel in Miami for two nights (26 Dec 2015 and 5 Jan 2016), food, two boat trips, departure taxes, and round-trip flight from Miami to San Salvador. Students are responsible for their round-trip transportation to Miami, Florida, their snorkeling equipment, and obtaining a passport (you must have a passport). A non-refundable $550 deposit is due on 20 October 2015. The balance of the cost ($950) is due on 1 December 2015. The deposit is non-reundable because once we reserve your place on the plane to The Bahamas, we are stuck with the cost. The $550 deposit must be paid in the Controller's Office (Plumb Hall 105) so that they can get you on the correct list of students.

    Kansas residents who are not full-time enrolled for the spring semester will need to pay for 2 hours of undergraduate tuition. Undergraduate students who are residents of Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas and not already enrolled full-time for the spring semester will pay an additional fee. These students can enroll under the NEARR program. Non-resident undergraduate students not eligible for the NEARR program would pay out-of-state student fees and tuition for 2 hours credit.

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