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Coral grows wild off the coast of the Bahamas, in large bulbous mounds and stumpy, upwards-reaching branches.
Fish in all shapes, sizes and colors swim among the blue waters of the Caribbean.

Program description

Classes are held at Shedd Aquarium on six Saturdays in March and April. Classes consist of a combination of lectures and hands-on activities at the aquarium, utilizing the collections and expertise of Shedd. Lectures cover the major communities of subtropical marine and island ecosystems and the interactions among these communities. Following the classroom component, students travel to the Florida Keys aboard the R/V Coral Reef II. The boat is our home and classroom as we travel, snorkel, and gain hands-on field research experience.

Program outcomes

After taking this class, students will

  • Learn about subtropical marine and terrestrial ecosystems and conservation through lecture and hands‐on learning.
  • Incorporate system thinking and problem-solving involving subtropical marine and terrestrial habitats and issues.
  • Understand and apply ecological dynamics of various tropical marine systems to past, current, and future issues.
  • Apply scientific knowledge in an authentic environment.
  • Comprehend and utilize the scientific literature, through graphical interpretation and summaries.
  • Gain awareness for individual and societal role in marine ecosystems and gain global perspectives.