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  • Locations: Lighthouse Reef, Belize
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

Explore the Ecology of Lighthouse Reef

This program has been postponed for Summer 2021. We anticipate it running again in 2022.
Students take BIO 349 (4hrs): Tropical Biodiversity: Marine Biodiversity in Belize. In most years, this course has been offered over Spring Break, but for 2021 this program will spend nearly 3 weeks in Belize on Lighthouse Reef Atoll, approximately 50 miles off the Belizean coast. Lighthouse Reef is one of the most isolated and pristine coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea, and is home to both the Great Blue Hole, made famous by the legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, and Half Moon Caye, a UNESCO World Heritage site containing the only Red-Footed Booby colony on the Atlantic side of Central/South America as well as highly protected coral reefs.


 
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Overview This program has been postponed for Summer 2021. We anticipate it running again in 2022.
Students take BIO 349 (4hrs): Tropical Biodiversity: Marine Biodiversity in Belize. In most years, this course has been offered over Spring Break, but for 2021 this program will spend nearly 3 weeks in Belize on Lighthouse Reef Atoll, approximately 50 miles off the Belizean coast. Lighthouse Reef is one of the most isolated and pristine coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea, and is home to both the Great Blue Hole, made famous by the legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, and Half Moon Caye, a UNESCO World Heritage site containing the only Red-Footed Booby colony on the Atlantic side of Central/South America as well as highly protected coral reefs.
 
Location The class flies into Belize City, and takes a 2.5 hour boat trip to their home base for the week, Itza Lodge (http://www.itzalodge.com) on Long Caye, one of the southern cayes in the 25-mile long Lighthouse Reef. Students will visit all five of the cayes on Lighthouse Reef, and snorkel multiple sites, including the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye. Scuba certification at the level of Open Water or Advanced is also available as a course option, with certification dives performed during the trip.
Program BIO 349 (4 hours) Tropical Biodiversity: Marine Biodiversity in Belize

In-depth study of the various biotic and abiotic components that come together to structure ecosystem function and biodiversity at all spatial scales in one of Earth’s most productive and diverse environments, yet one most threatened by human use and climate change.  Lab component is a one-week field trip over spring break. This program will take place over the 2020 Spring Break. 
Faculty

Faculty Director:

Miles Silman                        
Professor of Biology           
134 Winston Hall                 
silmanmr@wfu.edu             
Accommodation Students stay at Itza Lodge (http://www.itzalodge.com), an eco-lodge on Long Caye. All meals are provided during the stay on Lighthouse Reef.
Excursions Students will visit all five of the cayes on Lighthouse Reef, and snorkel multiple sites, including the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye. Students will collect field data on biodiversity as part of the excursions. Scuba certification at the level of Open Water or Advanced is also available as a course option, with certification dives performed during the trip.
 
Selection Student selection will be done by Dr. Miles Silman. Decisions will be made before the start of the Spring semester.

 
Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:

Program Fee - Usually covers room, excursions, and other costs associated with the program.
Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2020 summer rate was $900/per credit hour. Expect a slight increase for Summer 2021. 
Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits and the cost of living in the destination country. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.

Program Fee - $TBD
Tuition (4 hrs) - $3,600
Airfare (estimated) - $1,000
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $TBD
Estimated total cost - $TBD
Scholarships There are a limited amount of need based scholarships for this program available through GPS. To apply go to the Funding Page on the GPS website.

Sullivan Scholarships may be available for students participating on this program. Awards up to $2,500. To apply go here
 
Contact Miles Silman                      
Professor of Biology
Telephone: (336) 758-5996
Email: silmanmr@wfu.edu         

Mike Tyson
Assistant Director for Study Abroad: Summer and Short Term Programs
Center for Global Programs and Studies
Phone: (336) 758 4072
Email: tysonmj@wfu.edu        
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