Location: Punta Gorda, Belize
Dates: May 7-25, 2019
Study Belize’s diverse rainforests, coral reefs, and visit Mayan ruins for a glimpse into a past civilization. Belize is unique in that it still contains relatively undisturbed rainforests and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.
However, while Belize has emerged as an international leader regarding conservation efforts, threats from climate change, poverty, and development still exist.
The purpose of this course is to
- examine current conservation efforts to safeguard this biodiversity
- familiarize students with the most important aspects of tropical lowland terrestrial and marine ecosystems
- understand the role of local culture in sustainable conservation
- gain an understanding of the fundamental importance of biodiversity
- expose students to new and unique cultures and environments
The course is designed for students who are interested in conservation issues, biogeography, marine sciences, ornithology and birding, archaeology, and outdoor adventures!
The trip will be divided between a rainforest and a marine field station located next to the barrier reef. So we will have easy access to the most diverse environments on the planet!
For more information on academics, financial info, and student responsibilities for this trip, visit UA Education Abroad.