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  • Locations: Lighthouse Reef, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring Short-Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Short-Term 2023 10/15/2022 11/01/2022 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Explore the Ecology of Lighthouse Reef

Students take BIO 349 (4hrs): Tropical Biodiversity: Marine Biodiversity over the Spring semester with a week long visit to Belize over Spring Break. While in Belize, students will visit 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
Students take BIO 349 (4hrs): Tropical Biodiversity: Marine Biodiversity over the Spring semester with a week long visit to Belize over Spring Break. While in Belize, students will visit 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.

Belize portion of course - March 5 - March 13, 2022
 
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 2022 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 2022 program fee for the Spring Break portion of this program in Belize is $2,550. It covers your flight, housing and program related expenses while in Belize. You will be responsible for some of your meals and any personal expenses. 
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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