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...
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.
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.
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 socio-economically 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)
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.
Students should submit an application for the Edward Abbey Scholarship within 3 weeks of paying their deposit to be considered.
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.