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Marine and Tropical Biology

co-bio12.pngThe tropics have attracted biologists for 200 years with their incredible diversity and complex interactions between organisms in both terrestrial and marine tropical environments. To allow our students to gain a first-hand understanding of these vital biomes the Department of Biology and the Department of Environment and Sustainability collaboratively offer courses in Tropical Biology and Marine Biology. 

These special semester long courses cover the ecology, environmental challenges, natural history and the evolution of organisms in tropical environments. The courses conclude with a one to multi-week field experience in the tropics. Activities can include rainforest ecology, insect bird, and fish identification, tropical agriculture and forestry, biogeography, rainforest canopy walks, SCUBA, snorkeling, and coral reef ecology.

Recent trips include: The Galapagos Islands, the Caribbean island of Bonaire, Costa Rica, and Madagascar.

video-link-icon.jpgVIDEO: Catawba College Students in Bonaire

image-link-icon.jpgPHOTOS: Field Study in Jamaica