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STEM Ed Announcement: Measuring Biodiversity in Mexico
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- Subject: STEM Ed Announcement: Measuring Biodiversity in Mexico
- From: "Mort Sternheim" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2015 21:32:02 -0500
This is not a UMass Amherst program.
Contact information is below.
A Field Course in Measuring & Monitoring Biodiversity at Nuevo Durango
Maya Community (Terrestrial) & Marine Ecosystems - Quintana, Roo
August 2-9, 2016 Cost: $1,540. Plus airfare
Visit: http://www.habitatnetfieldstudies.com/ for more information &
The Nuevo Durango Maya community is located 100 kilometers southwest of
Cancun in the central region of the Yucatan Peninsula. The enormous
biological diversity is recognized by both the Center for Ecological
Studies (Mexico) and the World Wildlife Fund as a global natural
Participants will be staying in traditional Maya cabins in a Mayan
community located near the famous Coba archeological site (which we
explore during the week). This area is only open to field researchers
and is home to over 400 species of birds (equal to the number of bird
species found in all of North America), stable populations of jaguar,
ocelot, and spider monkeys. Additionally, in a one acre plot, there are
more tree species found than in all of North America.
During the course, participants will study tropical botany while
learning field method protocols in conducting biological diversity
research. Invertebrate and vertebrate field surveys will introduce
participants to sampling methods and subsequently, the variety of
wildlife found at the reserve. Evenings will include night hikes and
seminars discussing issues in conservation biology. A scientific
purpose of this course is to establish baseline data on the
biodiversity at this Mayan site. Overall, this is an unusual and unique
field program in that it allows participants an opportunity to conduct
authentic field research while learning field methods.
We will also spend the 1st and 2nd weekend exploring the marine ecology
of the worlds' 2nd largest barrier reef snorkeling on the reef weekend
1 and spending our last full day off-shore snorkeling with migratory
whale sharks (Earth's only plankton feeding shark species!).
Dan Bisaccio has been leading these research courses in the Yucatan
since 1995. Dan is the Director of Science Education at Brown
University, Providence, Rhode Island. He is also an adjunct researcher
for the Smithsonian Institution's Monitoring & Assessment of
Biodiversity (SIMAB) Program and education outreach volunteer for the
United Nation Environmental Program's Convention on Biological
*If interested, please email Dan Bisaccio for information and details.
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