Megan Gibbons Interim Courses

Coral Reef Ecology and Dolphin Behavior in Roatan, Honduras (Jan 2003, 2005)

After two weeks on campus learning about the ecological processes and organisms that form coral reefs and the rudiments of dolphin behavior, the group spends the next 14 days experiencing coral reefs first-hand at the Institute for Marine Sciences, in Roatan, Honduras.  We interact with dolphins, dive and snorkel on one of the most beautiful reefs in the world as we participate in ongoing research projects.  Seniors will conduct research projects of their own design, for which all students will help collect data.  Evaluation will be based on practical and written exams, a natural history journal, a group oral report on coral conservation, and a reflective paper written about the student's experiences with Honduran culture.  There will be an optional side trip to explore a mainland tropical rainforest.  SCUBA  certification is encouraged but not required.  This course is led by Dr. Gibbons and Dr. Gannon

Senior Projects in Honduras, 2003

Allison Hargett.  Distribution of Social Interactions in an Orphaned Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatis.  Presented at BSC

     Honors Day 2003.

Katherine Long and Kim Johnson. Commensal gill barnacle infestation rates in Honduran Blue Crabs. Presented at Latin American

     Studies Symposium, Birmingham-Southern College, 2003.

Jamie Box, Cori Jobe, Paige Casey and Meredith Humber. Invertebrate diversity on coral reefs inside and outside of the Sandy

     Bay Marine Reserve in Roatan, Honduras. Latin American Studies Symposium, Birmingham-Southern College. 2003.

Ceren Aksut, Robin Pate, Sreekanth Ravi, and Rich Williams. The effects of Hurricane Mitch on the species frequencies of coral-

     and algae-eating fish in Roatan, Honduras. Latin American Studies Symposium, Birmingham-Southern College. 2003.

 

Senior Projects in Honduras, 2005

        Elizabeth Peterman and Sarah Walker.  Echolocation in Dolphins: Shape Discrimination Training with multiple subjects. 

       Presented at Senior Conference and Latin American Studies Symposium, Birmingham-Southern College, 2005.

        Eduardo Ramos.  Salinity preferences relative to ambient salinity in terrestrial crabs.  Presented at Senior Conference, Birmingham-       Southern College, 2005.

     Zach Reardon, Justin Hallock and Mitch Ennis.  Diversity and Abundance of Coral Reef Fish Species Inside and Outside a Marine          

           Reserve in Roatan, Honduras. Presented at Senior Conference and Latin American Studies Symposium, Birmingham-Southern  

           College, 2005.

        Erin Brown and Hope Vinson. Diversity and Abundance of Marine Sponges Inside and Outside a Marine Reserve in Roatan, Honduras.

            Presented at Senior Conference, Birmingham-Southern College, 2005.

        Will Crenshaw, Pierce Cannington and Becky Hammil. Coral Diversity and Bleaching Inside and Outside a Marine Reserve in Roatan,

            Honduras. Presented at Senior Conference, Birmingham-Southern College, 2005.

Click the button below to see Dr. Gannon's web page on the Coral Reef Ecology interim for more info.

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