CAS BI 539 Coral Reef Dynamics

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Prof. Les Kaufman

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CAS BI 539, Coral Reef Dynamics

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Fall 2014 Marine Semester

Coral Reef Dynamics: Shallow Seas, Deep Time (BI539), is an introduction to research on the biology and geology of coral reefs, their role in human-natural coupled coastal systems in the tropics, and their behavior in response to both current and past episodes of climate change. Students will acquire the necessary foundation to do field research on the biology of coral reefs, and the nature and geological history of nearshore carbonate environments. Each student conducts a field research project and produces a manuscript in form for submission to a peer reviewed journal, and a professional seminar presentation. The course occupies the third (November) block of the BU Marine Semester. It consists of five days in Boston, followed by nine days in Belize, and a four-day wrap-up back in Boston.

Reef Dynamics is a collaboration between BUMP and the Environmental Research Institute of the University of Belize. Students are engaged in work that contributes directly to Belize’s national marine research plan, and to the growing knowledge base about the marine wildlife and ecological dynamics of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Work by Reef Dynamics students will contribute directly to marine conservation and integrated coastal zone management in Belize.

Fall 2013 Syllabi: BI 539


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Additional costs: BU tuition does cover all housing and food costs while in Belize.  Students will be responsible for round trip airfare from Boston to Belize City.