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WWU Global Learning Program: Tropical Marine Biology (La Paz, Mexico)
La Paz, Mexico
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Fields of Study:
Marine Biology Housing Options: Other
Program Description:
Tropical Marine Biology in La Paz, Mexico. Learn tropical marine biology in the Gulf of California, Mexico, along with Mexican students. The Biology Department will offer a 12-credit upper-division course called Tropical Marine Biology (Biol 437A&B) during the summer of 2014 (June 28 through Aug 3) in La Paz, Mexico. 
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Tropical Marine Biology in La Paz, Mexico

BIOL437A (Tropical Marine Organismal Biology) and BIOL437B (Tropical Marine Ecology)
12 credits (6 credits each)

Pre-departure session dates:  Introduction to Tropical Marine Biology (BIOL 397A), 1-cr class spring 2014, dates TBD
Travel dates: June 28 – August 3 2014

Learn tropical marine biology in the Gulf of California, Mexico, along with Mexican students. The Biology Department will offer a 12-credit upper-division course called Tropical Marine Biology (Biol 437A&B) during the summer of 2014 (June 28 through Aug 3) in La Paz, Mexico. 

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Program Details

Learn tropical marine biology in the Gulf of California, Mexico, along with Mexican students.  The Biology Department will offer a 12-credit upper-division course called Tropical Marine Biology (Biol 437A&B) during the summer of 2014 (June 28 through Aug 3) in La Paz, Mexico. 

The course will be taught by faculty from WWU (Drs. Alejandro Acevedo, Deborah Donovan, and Benjamin Miner) and the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (Dr. Sergio Flores-Ramírez).  A proportion of the students in the class will be from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur. 

Program highlights:

  • Understand fundamental concepts in tropical marine biology through innovative teaching techniques
  • Conduct research and access many diverse and rich marine habitats
  • Interact and collaborate with UABCS students doing field research and lab project
  • Engage in extensive independent work mentored and guided by Western and UABCS faculty
  • Discover the region and its culture

Applications are electronic and due January 23, 2014, to Alejandro Acevedo (acevedo@biol.wwu.edu). 

Pre-Reqs:
Introduction to Organismal Biology (BIOL 206)
Introduction to Tropical Marine Biology (BIOL 397A). Spring 2014.

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BIOL437A (Tropical Marine Organismal Biology) and BIOL437B (Tropical Marine Ecology)
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Instructors

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 (15 months old) 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.

Email: acevedo@biol.wwu.edu
Phone: 360-650-3653
Office Location: Biol 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.

Email: donovan@biol.wwu.edu
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.

Email: Benjamin.Miner@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3640
Office Location: BI410


 

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Cost

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