Biodiversity in Belize is a course designed to give students an introduction to the diversity and function of Neotropical ecosystems in Belize. Rain forest and tropical marine/Barrier Reef ecosystem structure and ecology will be investigated through a series of morning and evening lectures and daily field trips led by local guides. Morning and evening lectures will be used to introduce and review concepts highlighted during daily field trips. This course will also include elements of Belizean culture and conservation issues that are naturally embedded throughout the course.
There will be three 3-hour pre-trip class meetings to familiarize students with the material.
Travel Dates will be May 11-24, 2014.
- Trips to the Tropical Education Center and Blue Creek Rainforest Preserve
- Snorkeling in the mouth of a cave, including lagoons and waterfalls
- Tubing down the river and through the Hokeb Ha Cave