Tropical Marine Ecology

A Marine Biology Summer Course to be offered on

the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula


Dr. Tom Iliffe

Objectives: This course provides

for a field-oriented experience in

coral reef, mangrove, sea grass,

cave and other tropical marine

ecosystems. Special emphasis will

be placed on biodiversity, ecology

and conservation issues specific to

the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Half Moon Bay,


Tropical Marine Ecology - 2002

La Mirage, Half Moon Bay

La Mirage, Half Moon Bay

Sea Turtles

Coral Reefs



Mayan Ruins

Galveston activities:

• Pool and open water checkout

• Aerobic PT

• Rainforest flora at Rainforest Pyramid

• Fish ID and survey at Moody Aquarium

• Yucatan introduction

• Coral reef ecology

• Sea grass

• Sea turtles

• Tropical fish and fisheries

• Mangroves

• Cenote and cave biology

Yucatan activities:

• Night snorkeling and reef dives

• Jungle hikes

• Rocky shore zonation

• Coral and fish transects

• Cavern dives

• Mangrove zonation and ecology

• Conservation issues

• Sea turtle nesting observations

• Sea grass ecology

• Trips to Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and


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