Goals of the Course

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the following through innovative online pre-trip assignments:  the field of conservation biology; the biodiversity of both terrestrial and marine protected habitats to be explored; western Cuba’s natural resources; Cuban environmental protection polices and conservation programs; conservation issues confronting Cuba’s shared marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean; the natural history and plight of sea turtle populations worldwide; and, the geography, culture, government, educational system, and people of Cuba.
  • Students will participate in the following: an international field study, a research project related to a Cuban environmental sustainability topic; a hands-on, service learning conservation project related to endangered sea turtles – all under the supervision of professional scientists, conservationists, and faculty.
  • Students will question the phenomena that are affecting the maintenance, loss, and restoration of the biological diversity within Cuba’s fragile environments in wake of Cuba’s present economic realities and the global climate change and other environmental threats.
  • As participants progress through the program they will learn how economic development and conservation efforts should go hand-in-hand as they are key components to solving local, national and global challenges of sustainability.
  • Students will present the results of their field research projects in the form of a group-based poster presentation to the scientific community at a professional undergraduate research venue (TBA).






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