Conduct extensive fieldwork in coral reefs, mangroves, wetlands, and seagrass beds in the tropical Pacific and the Caribbean and learn to measure and quantify blue carbon and marine biodiversity.Panama’s unique evolutionary history and biodiversit...
I learned how another culture lives.
I learned more about my personality by being stuck with the same 17 americans for most of the time.
I practiced my Spanish and became conversationally fluent, which was my goal so yay!
Definitely worthwhile because I chose the program carefully and it catered exaclty to my desires and inte...
- Villanova University
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Conduct extensive fieldwork in coral reefs, mangroves, wetlands, and seagrass beds in the tropical Pacific and the Caribbean and learn to measure and quantify blue carbon and marine biodiversity.
Panama’s unique evolutionary history and biodiversity make it an ideal location for studying marine ecology and blue carbon conservation. On this program you will explore marine biodiversity in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Snorkel while conducting research on coral reefs and seagrass beds and visit mangroves and wetlands to study carbon accumulation and sequestration. By the end of the program, you will gain a deeper understanding of the vital role coastal ecosystems play in climate change mitigation, and you will become adept at applying methodologies for assessing and measuring marine biodiversity.
Major topics of study include:
- Marine organism diversity across marine and coastal ecosystems - Wetland, mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef interdependence and functional diversity - The emerging field of blue carbon and its relevance and integral role in the context of climate change - Methods and methodology for measuring blue carbon and marine organism biodiversity - The role of wetland, mangrove, coral reef, and seagrass bed ecosystems in the carbon process, along with needs and threats to each ecosystem