Snorkel in the sky-blue waters of the Gulf of California, home to one of the planet's richest arrays of marine life. On this student travel program, you will observe or collect data on a variety of marine species that thrive in these nutrient-rich waters. Spend your days and nights at our camp on Espiritu Santo Island, and learn from local eco club members about sustainable living and community education efforts in Mexico.
EPI’s Individual Student Travel Programs are designed for middle school, high school, and college students. You’ll join a group of other passionate students from all over the country, assist with real wildlife conservation projects, and propel your career path forward with confidence and a new sense of independence.
Snorkel for predatory starfish
The Gulf of California has seen an increase in the crown of thorns starfish, which feeds on coral reefs. Conduct snorkel transects to assess the presence and abundance of this species and help researchers understand the threat to the greater marine ecosystem.
Jenny Carolina Rodriguez Villalobos, Ph.D. Marine Ecology, is the research director of Ecosistemas y Conservacion (ECO). Through her research, Rodriguez Villalobos examines diseases and other threats to coral reef systems, but like many scientists, she sees a need for collaboration to address these environmental crises. With her emphasis on citizen and community cooperation, and through partnerships with organizations like EPI, she's endeavoring to build capacity for coral reef monitoring and conservation.