Experimental Tropical Marine Ecology (Panama)

Course Description: 
Distribution and density of marine and semi-terrestrial tropical invertebrate populations; behavioral and mechanical adaptations to physical stress, competition, and predation using rapid empirical approaches and hypothesis testing. Offered only at Beaufort, with preparation for fieldwork before and analysis and presentation of projects after required one week intensive field experience on the coast of Panama. Please contact Gwendy Womble for a permission # to register. 

**The Marine Lab observes one full week for fall break. 2019 fall break begins on Friday, October 4 (7pm).  Classes resume Monday. October 14. **

Program Description: Experimental Tropical Marine Ecology in Panama (half credit course offered during fall break) 

  • 2019: Fall Break, October 4-13
  • In Panama October 5-13, 2019
  • Faculty: Dr. Humberto Diaz, Dr. Josh Osterberg 
  • Course fee: $1,150  (The course fee includes lodging, on-site travel, some meals, and course-related on the ground transportation. The course fee does not include airfare). Group airfare will be purchased by the Duke University Marine Lab and added to student bursar bills. Questions: Please contact Gwendy.Womble@duke.edu
  • Spending money: Breakfast is covered by the course fee. Students will pay for their own lunch and dinners. We estimate this cost to be up to $250. Debit cards are accepted throughout Panama. 

Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)

BIOLOGY 570LA-1. Experimental Tropical Marine Ecology (Panama)

Instructor: Humberto Diaz  hdiaz@duke.edu

SAT Oct 5

6:50 am departing from EWN landing in Panama City by 9:30 pm
Settling at Hotel Wyndham Albrook

Day 1 SUN Oct 6
9:30 am departing from Panama City landing in Bocas del Toro ± 10:30
Settling at Hotel Palma Royale https://www.palmaroyale.com/

1:30 pm Visit Botanical Gardens at Finca Los Monos (bus ride). http://www.bocasdeltorobotanicalgarden.com/

4:00 pm Excursion to nearby beach.

Day 2 MON Oct 7

9:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00-4:30 pm Herbivory on Rhizophora mangle.


Observations from videotaped communities.

Day 3 TUE Oct 8:

9:00 am Boat ride to Carenero Island: Clibanarius antillensis, responses to waterborne cues.

2:00 pm Boat ride to Bastimento Island: N coast, Red Frog Beach, Coenobita clipeatus, responses to airborne cues. Colon Island: Herbivory on Rhizophora mangle. Leaves collection.

Afteroon:At hotel: Analysis of hermit crab data.

Day 4 WED Oct 9

Morning  8:30 am and Afternoon  2:00 pm  
Boat ride to coral reef communities (2 sites Videotaping, snorkeling only)

After dinner, hotel: Analysis of videotaped communities.

Day 5  THUR Oct 10

Morning  8:30 am

Boat ride to Bird Island:  snorkeling
Boat ride to Starfish beach: Uca, fiddler crabs: courtship and size. Video and manual data collection.

At hotel:
Analysis of Uca data collected.
PM: Boat ride to sea grass beds and coral reefs?

Day 6  FRI Oct 11

Morning:   8:30 am At hotel: Preparing for presentations
Afternoon    :00 pm At hotel:  Presentations and discussion of projects results.

4:00 pm departure for Bocas airport

5:30 pm flight to Panama City, Stay at Wyndham Albrook hotel 

Day 7  SAT Oct 12


Visit to Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks https://www.britannica.com/topic/Panama-Canal

Visit to Diversity Museum at Amador Causeway http://www.biomuseopanama.org/en



City tour. Visiting the colonial Panama City http://cascoviejo.com  

Day 8  SUN Oct 13

Early am: At Tocumen international airport, to catch a plane back to USA