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Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi Click here for a definition of this term Program Director: Sakaguchi, Donald, Serb, Jeanne
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: Spanish Online Course Catalog Available: No
Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: BIOL 394 A, BIOL 394 B
Program Description:


Caribbean Marine Biology


 Please note that there is currently a US Department of State Travel Warning to Honduras.  This program will fly directly from the US to Roatan island and back.  The group will NOT be visiting the mainland of Honduras (the area of the travel warning).


This program is specifically designed to provide students with a unique field marine biology experience. The seminar portion of the course involves lectures on coral reef biology. The field trip portion of the course will involve on-site lectures at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) by local experts and extensive diving/snorkeling activities in a variety of marine habitats on the world's second largest barrier reef system. Subject areas appropriate for this course include: Biology, GDCB, EEOB, NREM, BBMB, Marine Biology, Zoology, Genetics, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Premedical Illustration, Life Sciences.

Course Website (including a great video!): 

 394 ISU Group


Tentative Travel Itinerary

Sunday, March 11
AM departure from Des Moines airport.
PM arrival on Roatan, clear customs, transfer to Hotel, orientation and check in.
Afternoon- Orientation to RIMS
5.30 Fish ID lecture
6.30 Dinner

Monday, March 12
7:00- Breakfast
7:30 checkout equipment/dive at dive dock, bring c-card
8:30 Dive/Snorkel/OW referral
10:00 Dive/Snorkel/OW referral
12:00- Picnic Lunch at Maya Key
1:00-2:00- Tour of animals and Mayan exhibit
2:00 Dive/Snorkel/ow referral
5:00 Coral Reef Ecology 
6:00-Bio 394- debriefing
6.30-9.00- Dinner

Tuesday March 13
7:00- Breakfast
8:00-Dolphin lecture- Part 1
9.30- Dive/snorkel/OW referral-Fish/Coral ID
12:00- Lunch
2:00- Dive/Snorkel-Fish/Coral ID
4:30-5:30- Reef Monitoring Lecture

Wednesday March 14
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Mangrove talk
8:30- Man-O-war key mangrove snorkel
        patch reef snorkel and collection
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Changing Reefs on Roatan
2:00 Dive/Snorkel-Indicator species Fish Survey
5:30-10:00 Dinner:BBQ fiesta on key

Thursday March 15
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Dive/Snorkel-Line intercept coral transect
10:00 Dive/snorkel-projects
12:00 Picnic Lunch on Anthony's key
1:30 Dolphin Lecture- part 2
3:00-5:00- Island tour
6:00 Night Dive
7:30- Dinner

Friday March 16
7:00 Breakfast
8:00 Turtle Talk
9:00 Dive/Snorkel projects
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Dolphin training session
2:00 Dive/snorkel-projects
5:00 Parasites of Fishes

Saturday March 17
7:-8:00 Breakfast
8:30- Dolphin Swim
10:00 Last Dive / Snorkel
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Fish Parasites (D. Palic)
6.30- Dinner

Sunday March 18
Depart Roatan


Course Credits:  1 credit for pre-trip seminar (BIO 394a), 1 credit for field trip (BIO 394b).  Students must enroll in both 394a and b (section HN).

Course Requirements/Selection Criteria:

Students must possess an exceptionally strong desire to learn more about marine environments. Students must have successfully completed at least one year of college-level biology. Students must be very comfortable in an open-water aquatic environment (i.e. extensive marine activities: snorkeling or SCUBA diving). Students must be capable of participating in 2-3 open water activities over the course of 12 hours (each activity requiring 30-75 minutes). If you have questions about these course requirements please contact the course instructors.

Minimum 2.0 GPA.
SCUBA certification is NOT a requirement.
There will be an interview with program directors as part of the selection process.

Program Cost Description:

The program cost consists of three parts: 1) Program Fee; 2) Other ISU Fees; and 3) Out of Pocket Personal Cost.

Program Fee: Estimated at $3150.00 (subject to change).

The program fee includes airfare, accommodations and 3 meals daily at Anthony's Key Resort (AKR) (Sat. - Sat.), RIMS marine biology program, two dives/snorkeling daily, one night dive/snorkel, RIMS lectures on coral reef biology and dolphins, educational dolphin platform sessions and dolphin snorkel, trip insurance, tips for baggage handling, housekeeping service, waiters, chefs, divemaster, and boat.

The program fee does not include SCUBA class and materials, SCUBA certification with open-water dives, and rental of SCUBA/snorkeling gear, Roatan departure tax (estimated at $35), vaccinations, immunizations and preventive medicines, and other incidental expenses that you may incur.

Other ISU Fees - 1) $105 study abroad administrative fee charged by Study Abroad Center

Out of Pocket Personal Cost - In addition to the above costs that are not included in the program fee, you will also have the following out of pocket personal cost:

1) passport which costs $135 if you don't already have one (if you are in the College of Ag and Life Sciences, you can stop in 0018 Curtiss to find out how you can be reimbursed for the cost of a passport, or email ); 2)Other personal costs, meals in airport to/from Roatan, souvenirs, snacks, etc, estimated $200 depending on personal spending habits.

Program fee and the $105 administrative fee will be applied directly to your Ubill in spring 2018.

Bailey's Key Dolphins

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