Tropical Marine Ecology in Belize


Tropical Marine Ecology in Belize

Spring Break 2022 | South Water Caye, Belize

  • Program Fee: $3,200 ((Includes 2-credit tuition, RT airfare, accommodations, most meals, local transportation, activities.)



Spend spring break on an island off the coast of Belize, exploring a marine reserve that is home to the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Snorkel (and maybe scuba) through diverse ecosystems—mangroves, patch reefs and seagrass beds—that provide critical habitat for many endangered or vulnerable species. Live and work in a field station complex provided by IZE Belize.


Biodiversity and Marine Ecosystems

What are the markers of a healthy (or unhealthy) marine habitat? Which species populate which habitats—and why? How does each species contribute to this delicately balanced marine ecosystem? And how can these questions be answered with biological field research?


Synthesize Fieldwork and Scientific Research

Discover diverse organisms during a night snorkel. Measure the length of seagrass blades or levels of dissolved oxygen in critical habitats. Record and analyze data collected on underwater expeditions, then synthesize your fieldwork observations into several research projects. Working individually and in groups, produce scientific research papers like those published in peer-reviewed journals.


Fieldwork experience and research skills are valued across the sciences. This program provides excellent preparation for graduate study and is especially relevant to careers in marine biology, natural resources management, environmental sustainability, ecology and animal behavior.