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. 2018 fall break begins on Friday, October 5 (7pm).  Classes resume Monday. October 15. **

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

  • 2018: Fall Break, October 5-14
  • In Panama October 5-13, 2018
  • Faculty: Dr. Humberto Diaz
  • Course fee: $1,350  (The course fee includes lodging, on-site travel, most meals, and transportation to RDU. The course fee does not include airfare) 
     

Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)

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

    Instructor: Humberto Diaz  hdiaz@duke.edu

    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.

    Itinerary:
    Fri Oct 5:
    Early am departing from RDU arriving at 12:30 pm to Panama
    Afternoon: Touring colonial Panama City http://cascoviejo.com

    Sat Oct 6:
    Morning: visit the Panama Canal at Miraflores Locks https://www.britannica.com/topic/Panama-Canal
    Noon: lunch while visiting the fish market

    Afternoon: visiting the Diversity Museum at Amador Causeway http://www.biomuseopanama.org/en

    Sun Oct 7:
    Morning: Culebra I., Observations of intertidal communities affected by the Pacific 17ft tidal range.
    Late afternoon: Departing Panama City to Bocas de Toro.

Mon Oct 8:
Morning: Carenero I., responses to waterborne cues.
Afternoon: Bastimento I., responses to airborne cues.

Tue Oct 9 - Thurs Oct 11: Fieldwork continued....

Fri Oct 12:
Morning: presentation and discussion of project results.
Late afternoon: return flight to Panama City

Sat Oct 14:
Early am: in Tocumen, the international airport, to catch a plane back to RDU airport.