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Students Travel to Belize through Earth Institute Course Support Funding

Fieldwork is an important component of environmental education and research.  Every year, the Earth Institute’s Office of Academic and Research Programs provides funding to help underwrite faculty-organized field trieps that augment undergraduate and graduate classroom learning experiences.

With assistance from the Earth Institute Course Support Program, 10 students with Dr. Josh Drew and Dr. Elisa Bone traveled to Glover’s Reef Research Station in Belize as part of their Coastal and Estuarine Ecology course.

Students were able to learn about native animals of Belize at the Belize Zoo, learn firsthand about local marine diversity at the Dangriga Market, go snorkeling in the Conservation Reef, and visit several marine conservation zones in the area.

A photo essay by student Jessica Bensley is available HERE.

For more information about the Course Support Program, please contact Nathan Rudder at

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