Application deadline : 2 July 2016
Start Date : August 15, 2016 (1 year contract)
The CIEE Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation Program in Bonaire is a study abroad program for upper level, undergraduate students. The innovative 14 week semester program combines theoretical knowledge and research skills to support the flagship course of the program ; Independent Research in Marine Ecology/Biology. Students conduct field and laboratory research to answer important questions in the field of coral reef ecology. The Independent Research course results in 4 major learning outcomes : a research proposal, a research paper, an oral presentation in a public forum and publication of a volume of an in-house journal. The Coral Reef Ecology and Tropical Marine Conservation Biology courses provide the theoretical basis for the program. The combined courses, Advanced SCUBA and Marine Ecology Field Research Methods, result in students becoming certified AAUS Scientific Divers (American Academy of Underwater Sciences) and competencies in a wide range of coral reef research skills. The Cultural History of Bonaire course ties the program to the island of Bonaire. In addition to the semester program, there is a J-term program and several short-term summer programs including an 8-week Intensive Coral Reef Research program. Classes are limited to 16 students.