Conservation Biology is an interdisciplinary course taught on the front lines of critical conservation challenges in Belize and the tropics; it is valuable for students of both natural and social sciences. Conservation Biology includes both Marine and Terrestrial components with field excursions to marine and tropical forest protected areas, research stations and conservation organizations. Students examine the relationships between wildlife population management, protected areas, socio-economics and cultural circumstances. Students explore a broad range of conservation approaches and learn about both traditional and contemporary approaches to wildlife and resource management; from the protected areas approaches to behavioral economics, ecosystem services and socio-economic development. Students have the opportunity to learn from organizational leaders in Belize; home of both the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and part of the largest contiguous forest north of the Amazon. At the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic (BWRC), students are introduced to emerging zoonotic diseases, conservation medical approaches, and strategies to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. In between visiting field sites and classroom sessions, students enjoy recreational activities and are introduced to Belize’s rich and diverse culture(s) through excursions, guest speakers and culinary exploration.
Private and custom groups available. Contact educational program manager Justin Ford at email@example.com for more details.
- Understanding the role and key challenges and opportunities for professionals working in conservation biology and natural resource management.
- Introduction to population dynamics of selected Neo-tropical species.
- Introduction to field observation and sampling techniques.
- Introduction to data recording and analysis.
- Exploring critical conservation issues in the tropics, and specific examples of their challenges.
- Introduction to tropical eco-systems and flora & fauna identification.
- Eco-system stress indicators and risk evaluation.
- Introduction to social, economic and biological conservation approaches.
- Global eco-system and species-level changes including climate change(s), pollution, invasive species, landscape conversion, and other anthropogenic impacts.
- Introduction to emerging and common zoonotic diseases.
- Ecology of large cats, monkeys, iguanas, snakes, and birds.
- International and local regulatory and practical applications associated with wildlife conservation.
- The role of community based conservation organizations, NGOs and governmental entities in conservation.
Visit to Guatemala may be included in some itineraries
Services and Fees
Course Fee $2,750 USD Scholarships available
Included in the cost of your program
- Tuition & fees
- Airport transfers (pick-up/drop off) & all ground transportation
- Hotel Accommodations with breakfast
- Some lunches and dinners
- Snorkel/dive and jungle excursions and entrance fees
- Payments to Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic (BWRC)
- Payments and donations to partner wildlife conservation projects
- Labs and field activities
- BWRC or WI T-shirt