Belize, Costa Rica, Bahamas
For more than 40 years, faculty and students in the Department of Biology have conducted field tropical biology field studies each summer in the Greater Caribbean, including trips to the barrier reefs and rainforests of Belize; San Salvador Island in the Bahamas; Jamaica; Bermuda; and Costa Rica.
In recent years they have alternated between visiting the Gerace Research Center on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas and the Sarapiqui region of northeastern Costa Rica. With its lowland tropical forests, volcanic peaks, and lush cloud forests, Costa Rica boasts a remarkable diversity of terrestrial habitats and has long been a favorite destination of naturalists. During the intensive, 10-day field experience on San Salvador Island, students study tropical terrestrial and marine ecosystems. In the past, students have visited 18th century British plantation ruins; checked out a limestone cave; surveyed ancient coral reef and sand dune formations along the coast; and explored underwater coral reefs.