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Wet suits in a "wet lab"

Students on recent field course in Honduras trained as "eco divers" through global citizen-science reef-monitoring program.

Eighteen students from CBS, CFANS, CLA, and CSE recently returned from the "Coral Reef Ecology" field course on the Honduran Bay Island of Roatán. In addition to their scheduled dives and lectures, students were trained as "eco divers" through the global citizen-science reef-monitoring program, Reef Check. Professor James Hewlett of Finger Lakes Community College joined the course in the Twin Cities and again in Honduras to train the students in Reef Check methodology. Students can now participate in standard reef-monitoring protocols. Course instructors Jim Cotner (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior) and Sehoya Cotner (Biology Teaching and Learning) hope the data collected will become part of a long-term database, from which students can test hypotheses in the field and back in Minnesota.

Check out a slideshow from their trip!

Posted 1/20/2015