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Distribution Group III
Scott Solomon,
Adrienne MS Correa
Credits: 1.00 (Summer I)
Dates: May 19 – June 2, 2014
Application deadline extended to:
February 10, 2014


This course consists of a 2-week trip to Belize to examine first-hand the biology of the two most diverse ecosystems on earth: the coral reef and the tropical rainforest. Days will be spent in the field making observations and collecting data; lectures in the evenings will cover topics including diversity of tropical organisms and habitats, rainforest ecology, coral reef biology, historical biogeography, symbiosis, and conservation of tropical biodiversity.
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The class will travel together from Houston to Belize. The first part of the course will take place at Glover’s Reef Research Station on a small island in Glover’s Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second part of the course will be spent at Las Cuevas Research Station, a remote rainforest camp located in Chiquibul National Forest on the mainland. Accommodations at both field stations will be rustic, with dorm-style rooms, shared bathrooms and no air-conditioning or hot water.  Additional nights will be spent at a basic hotel in San Ignacio. Transportation between sites will be by private bus or boat.


Rice University tuition for this course is $2,000. An additional course fee of $2,500 covers the costs of all student transportation, accommodations, meals, site fees, licensed marine water safety guides, and taxes. The non-refundable course fee is due by February 1, 2014. Other expenses not included in the trip cost include personal gear, vaccinations, medications, and any other personal expenses.


Selection of students for the course is determined through an application and interview with the instructors. While a background in biology is desirable (including EBIO 124 or 202 and EBIO 213), individuals lacking this background but having a special interest in the tropics are encouraged to enroll. Your signed application must be submitted to the EEB Department main office, ABL 130, by 5 PM FEbruary 10, 2014