JANUARY TERM COURSE

 

HANDS ON RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Since 2011, Hollins students and faculty have collected data in January on marine biodiversity (e.g. fish, coral, turtles, invertebrates, and seagrass) in St. John, USVI. Students will participate in ongoing research projects while developing their understandings of the ecological systems of the Caribbean.

IMMERSIVE STUDY ABROAD

Beyond the research, students will adventure to see sunrises and sunsets, night snorkel, and explore Caribbean culture. Students will also explore broader environmental issues (e.g. global climate change) and socioeconomic concerns (e.g. ecotourism).

ADVANCED CRITICAL THINKING AND APPLICATION SKILLS

Every student will not only be involved in a group research project, but will be asked to read materials and participate in discussions concerning the environmental, cultural, and historical issues directly affecting St. John and the greater Caribbean system.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Students accepted into this class have the option of enrolling in a 2-credit Marine Ecology Course which will reflect the work done during the fall semester learning more than 150 marine species, as well as complete readings and discussions

 

Fall Term

RESEARCH MEETINGS

Every Monday evening, we will read materials and participate in discussion to prepare for the course. In addition to meetings, students are expected to learn and identify fish species and coral types

January Term (On-Campus)

PREPARATION

Students will participate in additional discussions and prepare reading/travel journals that will include reflections of activities and topics covered

January Term (Off-Campus)

FIELD WORK

While on island, students will maintain their travel journals in addition to conducting a group research project. Some will focus their efforts on gathering data on fish biodiversity, while others will gather data on coral health

Science Seminar

SPRING TERM

Following the January-Term course, students will have completed a research poster that they will be expected to present at the annual Hollins Science Seminar in Late April (details to come)

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