IPFW: San Salvador - Field Course Bio 434 or GEO 331/420 with Spring Break trip to the Bahamas Gerace Research Centre

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Spring Course + Field Course to the Bahamas for Spring Break: Biology 434 or Geology 331 or 420Questions? Contact Dr. Ben Dattilo dattilob@ipfw.edu Open to IPFW students onlyThe Gerace Research Centre (formerly the Bahamian Field Station), which o... read more

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Spring Course + Field Course to the Bahamas for Spring Break: Biology 434 or Geology 331 or 420
Questions? Contact Dr. Ben Dattilo dattilob@ipfw.edu 
Open to IPFW students only
The Gerace Research Centre (formerly the Bahamian Field Station), which occupies a former US Naval Base on the island of San Salvador, has been in operation for over 30 years as an educational and research institution. The Gerace Research Centre provides accommodations, laboratory space, and logistical support for both teachers and researchers interested in the diverse and unique tropical environments available on San Salvador.

The Gerace Research Centre has enjoyed a long and rich history as a field based classroom for a variety of sciences. Geology courses make use of Pleistocene and modern carbonate environments in teaching sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, and field mapping. Biology and Ecology classes make use of the many varied habitats including hypersaline lakes, shrub-covered terrestrial settings, rocky keys, sea grass beds, mangroves, and coral reefs. Increasingly molecular biology and genetics has become common with groups examining oyster and fire coral populations. Archaeology classes focus on both prehistoric and historic sites for which full Bahamian Government approval has been received.

The 5-week course will focus on graduate-level research in taphonomy and ecology of late Quaternary to Recent environments of the San Salvador Island (Bahamas), including both marine and terrestrial settings. Each student participant will lead an independent project based on field, experimental, or laboratory data. The instructors will assist students, both logistically and intellectually, in developing projects that can generate publishable quality data. San Salvador field sites and laboratory facilities offer opportunities for conducting topically diverse projects from experimental ecology and taphonomy to Quaternary paleoecology and biosedimentary processes.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Spring Break
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
Minimum GPA:
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