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Belize Marine Ecology Curriculum

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Study Lionfish, Hike the Rainforest, and Experience Maya Culture

Spend 9 days dolphin-watching, snorkeling along breathtaking coral reefs, and tracking large mammals through the rainforest. See the world from a Belizean perspective.

Dive into their world

What You'll Learn

EPI's instructors are ready to deliver a science curriculum centered around you, the student. Lessons in lionfish biology, reef biogeography, and rainforest conservation will familiarize you with the issues on the ground before you dive into data collection and the development of your own research questions. 

During your time in the field, you’ll conceive, develop, analyze and present a field-based research project based on the data you collect on dolphins and lionfish. You’ll also learn about Belize’s tropical ecology and cultural history through lessons from your instructors and a visit to the upland rainforest. Through games, art, journaling, guided lessons and lectures, you’ll get to know your group, your instructors, the culture of Belize, and the conservation issues that residents work through every day.

Meet Your Belizean Peers

Many Belizean students gained their first opportunity to visit the country's coral reefs and study their biodiversity through EPI's program. On your course, you'll have a chance to meet some of them and learn what ecology and conservation look like through the eyes of those who live here. Expect to exchange some of the highlights of your research, learn about Belizean culture, and make some new friends during this cultural exchange.




During their course, Cody High School students conducted research on bottlenose dolphins inhabiting the Turneffe Atoll, a place the Oceanic Society has called “the largest and most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Western Hemisphere.”  While there, the CHS students made a frightening discovery.  During one hour of beach clean up, students filled five large garbage bags full of trash that had littered the shore.

Upon returning home, CHS decided to take action. They could make a difference. “Plastic is something right in our backyard in Cody,” said Amy Gerber, the course chaperone.  “We are going to try to reduce the amount of plastic we generate, starting at the high school.  We... Learn More