This course is focused on marine organisms and marine ecosystems in a tropical environment, as well as both local and global marine conservation issues. Students will learn about and experience local marine organisms on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica and the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Lectures and field experiences will be conducted on a daily basis. We will cover biology, physiology, identification, and conservation information for the following: Local marine vertebrates, local marine invertebrates, sea turtles, and a lecture specifically on elasmobranchs. We will also cover local marine ecosystems (intertidal zone, rocky reefs, coral reefs, estuaries, mangroves, sandy bottom, pelagic zone), their inhabitants, and conservation issues concerning those ecosystems. Non-marine related lectures will include local geology and the unique cloud forest of Monteverde. Field experiences will include scuba diving (for those certified), snorkeling, tide pool exploration, a mangrove estuary tour, and a sea turtle night walk. Students are expected to actively participate in lectures, group discussions, and species identification in the field.
Course dates: December 26, 2016 - January 4, 2017
Course fee: $1,799
What's included: Course tuition, all lectures, all housing, all breakfasts, all dinners, all transportation, 3 days diving or snorkeling, tide pool exploration, mangrove tour, sea turtle night walk, surfing, zip-lining.
What's NOT included: Round trip airfare to San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, lunches, snacks and drinks, and any optional activities you choose during free time.
Deadline for course sign-up: October 30, 2016. There are currently only 10 spaces remaining in this course!!
For further information or to sign up for this course please go to http://www.coastalmera.com/costa-rica---nicaragua.html