TROPICAL ISLAND ECOLOGY – Undergraduate May Term Course – 2015

INT 221 – (for Non-science Majors) 4 credits

BIO 321 / ENV 321 – (for Science & Science Ed majors) 4 credits

Faculty: Nancy Prentiss & Ron Butler

Division of Natural Sciences, Biology Dept., University of Maine at
Farmington – Farmington, Maine 04938

We are offering our Tropical Island Ecology course for the 10th consecutive
year. This course provides experiential learning of the biotic and abiotic
factors that govern tropical island ecosystems (coral reefs, grass beds,
mangroves, dry Antillean scrub and moist mature forests) found on a typical
Caribbean island (St. John, USVI). Topics addressed include: biodiversity,
adaptation and co-evolution, animal behavior, energy flow and nutrient
cycling between terrestrial and marine systems, climate, geography, and
human impact on island ecology. All students will participate in a
collaborative research project involving coral reef fish diversity and
daily lessons on island ecology. Intensive field work includes daily
snorkeling and moderately strenuous hiking to field locations. Assessments
will include a field journal, pre-and post-course examinations covering
course material and species identification, on-site lessons, and course
participation assessment.  Course assignments for science majors (BIO 321 /
ENV 321) differ from non-majors (INT 221)

Course Location – University of Maine at Farmington & Virgin Islands
Environmental Resource Station, St John, USVI

Course dates – May 18 – June 1, 2015  (4 class days at UMF, 11 days on St

Trip Fee: $2,400 (covers all travel, housing, meals, and equipment rentals)
plus tuition (instate = $1044, out of state = $2180)

Contact: Nancy Prentiss   207-778-7396