Study Abroad

Roatan, Honduras: Field Studies in Marine Biology

During Winter Term 2015, a group of students will take a 14-day field trip (January 3-17th) 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, 2007, 2009, 2011, & 2013. Students will study and dive at the Roatan Institute of Marine Science (RIMS), with room and board at Anthony’s Key Resort ( 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.

Dates of travel: January 3-17, 2015
Program Fee*:  4,044.18 per student
Tuition for 3 credit hours **:  $687.00 per student + CCPS Technology Fee; $15.00 + Winter Term Fee; $27.00:  Total $729.00
Personal Expenses***:  Approximately $870.00 per student (depending on whether you already own a passport and dive gear)
Non refundable deposit of $500.00 due March 24, 2014
Non refundable Payment 1,772.09 due by April 25, 2014
Non-Refundable Final Payment:  $1,772.09 due by September 26, 2014

*Program Fee includes; Round trip 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 (pool, horseback riding etc).  Marine park fees, hotel taxes, local van transportation on the island, and airport exit tax, and various miscellaneous expenses (orientation & program materials).

**Tuition; Three credit hours of BIOL 330-- fulfills an upper level biology course requirement, or fulfills the Biology Senior Seminar I (BIOL 493 - 3 credit hours).
Courses: Can also be used to fulfill Biology Senior Seminar II (consult with Dr. Carroll) and Engaged Learning requirement (PDEF 205 = 0 credit hours).

***Personal Expenses include; Dive Insurance, passport, meals on travel days, scuba equipment rental, & misc. personal purchases.

***** Costs per student are based on a minimum of 11 individuals participating in the trip.  Cost subject to change. Contact the Study Abroad office at Drury University (873-7503) or Teresa Carroll (873-6971)  for more information.