Program description: This program is focused on a hands-on, field curriculum. We conduct a 1 - 2 hr. lecture or class discussion each day and spend the rest of the day for 6 - 8 hours in the field conducting research on sharks and rays. Most lectures are focused on elasmobranch biology, physiology, ecology, identification, and conservation. Other lectures will include biology, physiology, identification, and conservation of sea turtles and manatees; fisheries, aquaculture, and ecotoxicology; the concept of a species; aquarium controversy; and how to develop a research project and communicate the results effectively. To make this program as hands-on as possible, our students conduct all research activities under the supervision of one or more staff members or instructors. This means that our students set and retrieve gear, handle any captured animals, collect data from any captured animals, tag elasmobranchs, and release all captured animals. No previous research experience or animal handling experience is necessary. This program is excellent for any student interested in the natural sciences, any student wanting to gain research experience, and any student interested in attending graduate school.
Program dates: Our summer program runs at 1 week intervals (Sunday - Saturday) from May 7, 2017 - August 26, 2017. Students may attend as many weeks as they would like. Any student who attends 4 weeks or more will be acknowledged in any scientific paper published from the data collected that summer. There are tuition breaks for students who attend 3 or more weeks as well as for groups of 6 or more students attending together.
Deadline for early enrollment benefits: December 31, 2016
Deadline for program enrollment: March 30, 2017
For pricing and program availability please visit the summer program page as well as the tuition page of our website http://www.coastalmera.com/summer-program.html