Round River Conservation Studies - Belize Program

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  • Location(s): Belize
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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Round River offers students a completely field-based study abroad program in Belize's Maya Golden Landscape. Operating out of field research camps, students will spend their time working assisting Ya’axché Conservation Trust, rangers and scientist... read more

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Round River offers students a completely field-based study abroad program in Belize's Maya Golden Landscape. Operating out of field research camps, students will spend their time working assisting Ya’axché Conservation Trust, rangers and scientists conducting long-term ecological monitoring and habitat restoration efforts.

Courses taught:


  • Applied Conservation Biology


  • Introduction to Field Methodology


  • Natural History of Belize

  • Human Impacts on Ecology


  • Humans and the Environment


Earn up to 15 semester credits through Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

Financial Aid:The group will explore the Maya Golden Landscape mainly by foot, utilizing trails (whenever possible) to access forests, mountain streams, and mangrove sites. Students, depending on the season, will participate in a combination of the following fieldwork activities:
-Camera trapping surveys including field data collection and database management
-Surveillance of protected areas incursion hotspots through the use of modified camera trap surveys
-Human-Jaguar conflict mitigation measures implementation and monitoring
-Resident and Neotropical migrant bird monitoring (targeting indicator species)
-Phenological monitoring of threatened tree species in three protected areas
-Propagation research of rare, threatened, and socioeconomically important tree species
-Establishment Monitoring of experimental regeneration plots for NTFP such as Attalea cohune
-Bee sampling to establish a baseline inventory for species diversity, abundance, and distribution across Maya Golden Landscape
-Soil health and crop yield assessments along gradients of shade in cacao agroforestry farms (at least Sept-Dec season)
-Monitoring of biodiversity in farming landscapes
-Burrow counts for medium sized mammals such as Cuniculus paca
-Acoustic monitoring of bats within differing gradients of disturbance in the Maya Golden Landscape
-Freshwater macroinvertebrate sampling
-GIS mapping exercises
-Visits and hikes through three protected areas with three different designations in Belize (Private Reserve, Nature Reserve and Forest Reserve)
-Visits to communities and agroforestry farms

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Animal Sciences
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Zoology, Animal Biology
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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Round River Conservation Studies Scholarships

Round River offers scholarships to students through our Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund. Edward Abbey was a friend to many and an inspiration to all associated with Round River. Ed’s family has graciously agreed that we may use his name in this manner. We are committed to involving dedicated and qualified students in our conservation projects and we will work with you to facilitate your application and financial needs. Financial assistance to qualified students from Round River is available from the Edward Abbey Scholarship Fund.

$500-$5,000

Deadlines:
Students should submit an application for the Edward Abbey Scholarship within 3 weeks of paying their deposit to be considered.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Scholarship applications will not be considered unless a student has applied for a Round River program and has all application materials in. Special arrangements may be made for extended scholarship application deadlines, only if a student has contacted Round River well in advance of the deadline.

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