A group of students will take a 10-day field trip (January 3-13th) to Roatan Island, a tropical coral reef island in the Caribbean Sea. The trip will be led by Dr. Teresa M. Carroll, assistant professor in the biology department at Drury University, where she studies river ecosystems. Dr. Carroll has a Ph.D. in aquatic biology, and has led several student marine trips to the Caribbean, including a trip to Roatan Island in the winter of 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011. Students will study and dive at the Roatan Institute of Marine Science (RIMS), with room and board at Anthony's Key Resort (www.anthonyskey.com).
The trip will include scuba diving as well as explorations of terrestrial and cultural habitats, and conducting a research project. A series of lectures and lab experiences will supplement the twice-daily scuba trips to coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, and intertidal areas. Lectures will include reef fish and invertebrate identification/ecology, reef ecology, dolphin biology, and some basics of marine biology. A dolphin experience (including swimming with semi-wild dolphins) is included for all students. The maximum enrollment for the trip is 11-15 students. Students must be certified in scuba diving and be good swimmers.
Date of Travel: January 3-13, 2013
Program Fee*: $3,392
Tuition for 3 credit hours: approx. $720
Personal Expenses**: approx. $840
Total Approximate Cost: $4,952
Non-Refundable Deposit/Non-Transferable: $500 due May 7, 2012
Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Payment: $1,446 due September 3, 2012
Non-Refundable/ Non-Transferable Payment : $1,446 due October 22, 2012
* Program fee includes: roundtrip airfare from Springfield, MO to Roatan Island, Honduras; roundtrip ground transportation to and from the airport to Anthony's Key Resort; room and full American meal plan (3 meals per day) at Anthony's Key; tours and use of the Roatan Museum and Roatan Institute of Marine Science laboratory; two boat dives per day per week; one night dive per week; one dolphin swim; recompression chamber and medical clinic with doctor on call 24 hours; use of recreational services and facilities of the resort; marine park fees. Hotel tax; local van transportation on the island; tips for dive masters; airport exit tax; health insurance; various miscellaneous expenses (telephone/fax/internet, orientation & program materials).
**Personal expenses include: dive insurance, passport, meals on travel days, scuba equipment rental, personal items, and additional food purchases.
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