A comparison of the structure and function of several marine and terrestrial tropical ecosystems through intensive fieldwork on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Visits to Spanish cities provide exposure to the human history and culture of the island. Fieldwork takes place during the spring recess. Lectures, readings of primary and secondary source materials and classroom activities during the semester provide background to support fieldwork. A final presentation to faculty and students is required of all students. Instructor permission is necessary for enrollment.
- Prerequisites: Biology 105/106 or Biology 112 or the equivalent knowledge of basic ecology.
- Each student must pass a swimming test.
- Credits: 3
- Offered: On occasion.