Selected Topics: Belize Rainforests, Reefs, and Ruins
This course includes and serves as preparation for a post-semester trip to a tropical rain forest to explore the local ecosystems and human impacts on biodiversity. During the semester, the class studies factors that lead to high biodiversity in the tropics, the importance of this biodiversity to human civilization including the use of timber and medicinal plants, and the current condition of coral reefs. They also learn to appreciate the scientific, artistic and spiritual accomplishments of the local culture. We will also explore the anthropogenic threats to these ecosystems, including overharvesting of natural resources, population growth, industrialized agriculture and tourism. Additional course fees apply for the trip.
During the January break of 2010-2011, students Allison Usavage '11, Devan Johnson '12, and Sofia Johnson '11 created photo blogs and videos about their amazing experiences. Listed below are the links to each of the students' photography or videos about their experiences, as well as providing a beautiful representation of what to expect during the Belize trip of course Rainforests, Reefs, and Ruins course.