SIT Study Abroad: Panama - Marine Ecology & Blue Carbon Conservation in the Pacific & Caribbean (Summer)

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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 biodiversit... read more

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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 View Entire Review

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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

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school

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