teach them to act locally, but think globally."
drives Chemistry Professor John Savage to return year
students along for the underwater ride.
lowships to the tiny Central American country. In June, he
hopes to lead another "Belize Experience" to the popular div-
Patev, Savage takes up to 14 students on two-week research
trips to Ambergris Caye, a mangrove island adjacent to the
Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Located 14 miles off the coast of
Belize, the reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world,
after Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
counting fish, coral and invertebrates (lobsters, sea urchins,
etc.) -- and assess the general health of the same 400-square-
meter section of coral reef for Reef Check. A nonprofit
organization dedicated to coral-reef conservation, Reef Check
has established an international network of volunteer divers,
a continuing study of the world's coral reefs," said Savage.
"We are conducting a scientific sampling of a very specific
area of the reef in Belize."
It's a rigorous scientific course, technically the lab/field study
component to Savage's "Coral Reef Ecology" environmental
science class. In order to apply for the trip, all students must
pass the course and many are also certified scuba divers.
sampling requires advanced diving skills. It's physically
demanding," said Savage. "We don't have to worry about
students staying up all night," he added, laughing.
"They are exhausted they take naps!"
doing for marine biologists, what amateur bird watchers do
for ornithologists. The more trained eyes you have in the field,
the better your overall data.
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