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Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study: Marine Biology Housing Options: Other
Program Description:
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Global Learning Program:
Tropical Marine Biological Research in Mexico


BIOL 397A, 1 credit
BIOL397 syllabus Spring18.pdf

BIOL 437A, 6 credits
BIOL 437B, 6 credits
BIOL437 Syllabus 2018_FINAL.pdf


The BIOL 200 series is a pre-requisite
Introduction to Tropical Marine Biology BIOL397A (Spring quarter) is a pre-requisite
BIOL 497A is a co-requisite for BIOL 497B
BIOL 497B is a co-requisite for BIOL 407A

Program Dates: Monday, June 25 - Friday, July 27
Travel Dates: Saturday, June 23 - Sunday, July 29

Itinerary: Calendar 2018.pdf

Program Description:

This is an apprenticeship in conducting research in tropical marine habitats.  Students from Western Washington University and students from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) work together to enhance their science skills.  The unique collaboration between WWU and UABCS faculty allows students to use different methods employed by scientists and to learn about marine biology from experts in the region.  Students conduct three laboratory and field-based guided projects and one independent research project.  This course is an enhanced culminating experience for students on their way to becoming scientists.

Course Highlights:

  • Learning science skills and marine biological concepts with students from México.
  • Exploring ecosystems different than those found in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Experiencing a new culture through direct interactions with instructors and students from México.
For more information please visit the course site.


Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez
Born and raised in Mexico City, Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez went to the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur and earned the equivalent of a B.Sc. in marine biology.  (One of his best college friends is Dr. Flores-Ramirez, the Mexican instructor of this course). He earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University studying dolphin-shark interactions in a remote tropical island.  He loves living in Bellingham and working at Western, where his research lab studies harbor seal ecology.  His family is his wife Lisa, their son Ethan, and the memory of their beloved daughter Alima.  His career choice has allowed him to travel to many places, live in various countries, encounter fascinating creatures, learn about many cultures and meet wonderful people.
Phone: 360-650-3653
Office Location: Bl 309

Deborah Donovan
Deborah Donovan has been teaching at Western Washington University since 1998.  Her position is split between the Biology Department, where she teaches marine emphasis classes, and the Science Education Group, where she teaches classes for students training to be K12 teachers.  She holds a Master’s degree in Ecology from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia.  Her research focuses on the physiological ecology of marine mollusks and she is particularly interested in how marine invertebrates adapt to their environment.  She has been fortunate to complete research projects in many far away places including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the south island of New Zealand, Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, and Jamaica’s Discovery Bay.
Phone: 360-650-7251
Office Location: BI310

Benjamin Miner
Benjamin Miner’s research focuses on the ability of organisms to change their behavior or morphology in response to environmental conditions, a phenomenon called phenotypic plasticity, and his expertise is in marine invertebrates. He has been lucky enough to work at institutions that have strong programs in marine biology.  His undergraduate degree is from UC Santa Cruz.  He worked at UC Santa Barbara as a research technician.  He earned my Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and did post-doctoral research at UC Davis’s marine lab, Bodega Marine Laboratory.   Since 2006, he has been teaching and researching at Western Washington University.
Phone: (360) 650-3640
Office Location: BI410

Sergio Francisco Flores Ramírez
Sergio was born in Puebla, Mexico. He attended the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur in La Paz (UABCS), Mexico, —where he met Alejandro Acevedo, one of Western’s instructors for this course— and earned the equivalent of a B.Sc. in marine biology. Sergio earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He is currently a professor in the department of Marine Biology at UABCS, where he and his students conduct conservation-based research on molecular ecology and applied genetics.

Program Cost:

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Program Ratings:
Academic Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Value:
1 2 3 4 5
Housing Experience:
1 2 3
Cultural Immersion:
1 2 3
Program Administration:
1 2 3
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4 5

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