Malaspina Field Studies Course Explores Tropical Belize

July 10, 2000 - 5:00pm

Malaspina University-College is offering a two-week international field course in Belize, Central America that will introduce curious students and travellers to the ecosystems and cultures, past and present, of the tropics and Caribbean.

The course will run from January 13 to 28, 2001 and is designed for continuing education students who have a keen interest in exploring and learning about marine and tropical environments. Field activities will focus on tropical marine ecology, Maya archeological sites and the tropical rainforest and savanna.

The course begins with five days at the University of Belize, Marine Research Centre, to explore the coral reef, sea grass meadows and mangrove forests of Turneffe Atoll.

On mainland Belize, the group will explore Maya ruins in the Cayo, Belize and Orange Walk districts.

The course ends with an investigation of rainforest and wildlife in the Rio Bravo region while lodging amongst the ruins of the Pre-Classic Maya city of Chan Chich.

The all-inclusive trip (except for SCUBA diving fees) is CA$4400 per person (accommodations shared; add $600 for single rooms). The estimated price could change due to air travel and lodging costs.

Lectures will be given by Malaspina Biology instructor, Dr. Matt Hoch and Belizean experts. Hoch has four years experience teaching tropical biology and performing research with the University of Belize.
To apply for the course contact Dr. Matt Hoch at (250) 753-3245 ext. 2625 or by email: by September 15; deposit due by October 15, 2000.

For more information, a slide show and a complete travel itinerary, see the Tropical and Caribbean Field Studies web page at:

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