Marine Biology

Adventures Abroad

March 3, 2015

Zoe Goozner ‘15

This past winter break (January 2015) I had the privilege to travel to Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean for the CIEE J-term course in Tropical Marine Ecology Field Research Methods and Scientific Diving.  CIEE is the Council on International Educational Exchange, a non-profit study abroad organization that sends thousands of college students all over the world each year.  The program I attended was at the CIEE research station in Kralendijk, Bonaire.  I found this program through my research mentor, Doctor Jeremy Claisse, which he found on the coral-listserv database. This program is one-of-a-kind because it’s a three-week intensive “boot camp” focused on learning internationally recognized scientificsampling protocol and...

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September 16, 2013

Morgan Winston '14

During this past spring semester, I studied abroad at James Cook University, located in a city called Townsville on the tropical northeastern coast of Queensland, Australia. As a marine biology major, I went abroad to JCU to learn about tropical marine ecosystems and get first hand experience studying and diving the Great Barrier Reef. I chose classes such as Evolution and Ecology of Reef Fishes, Life History and Evolution of Reef Corals, and Functional Biology of Marine Organisms. All of my courses included a large amount of field time, and I was lucky enough to travel twice to Orpheus Island Research Station, an island in the central GBR equipped with laboratory research facilities and access to the reef immediately offshore. While on Orpheus, my classmates and I were able to dive and...

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September 16, 2013

Marlena Lu '14

This summer, I had the privilege to travel to South Africa for a month and work with the White Shark Africa: Shark Warriors volunteer program. I discovered this program by seeing a flyer on the bulletin board in the Bioscience building. Although I did not know any Occidental students who had done this program in the past, I decided to apply for it because of my passion for shark conservation. The White Shark Africa program accepts sixteen volunteers each month, where these volunteers get to live in a house in the city of Mossel Bay for four weeks. The program consists of cage diving, shark identification, shark breach viewing, benthic shark tagging, and much more. Once I was accepted into the program, I immediately booked my flights and awaited the amazing experience that I was about to...

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