The Winter Program Coral
Reef Biology in Roatan, Honduras runs for two weeks in
January. The program is designed to give SU students
the opportunity to study the fish, coral, plants, and
invertebrates associated with a Caribbean tropical reef
with a primary focus on the diversity of living
organisms surrounding the reef. Much of the time is
spent in the water SCUBA diving or
snorkeling, where students can
observe and interact with organisms in their natural
environment. Students will have the opportunity to
learn about, and swim with dolphins!
Field Studies, Coral Reef Biology:
The class meets for the
first week at Salisbury University and then is based at
the Roatan Institute for Marine Science in Roatan for
the remainder of the time. Students will have lectures,
slide presentations, and lab activities as they learn
about coral reef ecosystems and environmental threats to
coral reefs. Students read and discuss numerous articles
from the peer-reviewed literature on current topics in
coral reef research, and in Roatan each student has a
project to complete.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, previous biology
courses and good swimming ability.
The Roatan Institute
for Marine Science
(R.I.M.S) is SU's institutional partner on this
program. R.I.M.S is located at
Anthony's Key Resort on the Caribbean. http://www.anthonyskey.com. Founded in 1989,
R.I.M.S. is on the northwest coast of
Roatan where over 30 miles of fringing and barrier
reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and shoreline are home
to an abundance of life. In the past decade RIMS has
established itself as a dedicated teaching institution.
The primary objective of this facility is the
preservation of Roatan’s natural resources through
education and research. R.I.M.S.
is surrounded by roughly 13 km of protected area known as
the Sandy Bay Marine Reserve. Within this area no spear
fishing, trapping or collecting of any kind is allowed,
nor is anything to be taken from the reef. To
discourage touching or grabbing coral, divers and
snorkelers are not permitted to wear gloves within the
reserve. Local dive resorts and the municipality of Roatan support the Reserve, and RIMS has initiated a
long-term reef-monitoring program within the Marine
Reserve. Coral, fish and invertebrate populations,
conditions on the reef are monitored over time in order
to gauge reef health. Student groups are invited to
participate in the reef-monitoring program.
Estimated Costs Worksheet
|Tuition For 3
(Billable by SU)
Gear (varies by individual)
Entertainment (varies by individual)
Students are housed in accommodations provided by
Anthony’s Key Resort, and have access to all resort
amenities, including the full-service dive shop,
underwater photo center and medical clinic.
Total costs are estimated to be
around $2700. Final cost will be determined in
fall 2011. This includes all
tuition and fees, international airfare, room and
board in Honduras, boats, activities.
Not included: Passport fees, books, snorkel/dive
gear, and personal spending money (souvenirs etc.)
Students can purchase and bring their own dive/snorkel
gear or they can rent any or all gear from the resort.
For 2011 rental rates
see the Dive Shop at Anthony's Key at the website above.
Also, be aware that carrying dive gear (other than mask,
snorkel and fins) can be heavy.
Students should be aware of overweight baggage
fees (usually over 50 lbs.)
Admission is competitive and enrollment is
limited. Students will be admitted on a
rolling basis until the program is full. Preference
will be given to biology majors.
Students should submit the following directly to
the Program Director
Permission to Enroll Form
in BIOL 399, Coral Reef
Biology, Winter 2012 Program
form must be submitted to Dr. Ann Barse by
Friday, April 25, 2011.
Students will be notified by
May 2 if they are accepted into the class.
acceptance in the class by Program Director, in order to secure a space
in the program,
students must complete the online University
study abroad application form and pay the
non-refundable deposit of $250 no later than May
date is September 1, 2011.