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Biology 240 - Island Biogeography

Biogeography is the scientific study of the patterns and causes of the distribution of organisms using a combination of ecological and evolutionary theory, geology, and geography: what species are where, and why?  Islands have been the subject of important biogeographic work and have contributed substantially to existing biogeographic theory. The course covers the important elements of biogeographic theory within the context of islands using the marine and terrestrial flora and fauna of San Salvador Island. Students spend three weeks in residence at the Gerace Research Centre on San Salvador Island. Class activities include hikes through the rugged scrub-forest communities in the island's interior; snorkeling trips to coral reef, seagrass, and mangrove lagoon habitats; plant community analysis; rocky intertidal community sampling; a swim to an offshore island inhabited by iguanas; night snorkeling; and a descent into a water cave. SCUBA diving is possible for certified divers. In addition, students are exposed to the history and culture of the island. Daytime field activities are supplemented by evening lectures, discussions, and student presentations.

Course: BIOL 240
Location: San Salvador Island, Bahamas
Prerequisite: None
Instructors: Douglas Hamilton and Mark Kuhlmann
Curricular requirement: LAB
Cost: $2,000 (Travel to and from the departure city (usually Miami, FL) is not included in the course fee)
Length of program: 21 days
Meals: All meals included

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