2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Coral Reef Biology


Summer 2012 quarter

Seabird McKeon
Fields of Study
biology and marine science

This program introduces principles of coral reef biology through in-depth field study of the coral reefs of Ofu, American Samoa. We will study the environment, taxonomy, adaptations, and ecology of reef organisms. The course will take place as a three-week stay on the island of Ofu, American Samoa, part of the U.S. American Samoa National Park.  Students must be comfortable in the water, with tropical heat, humidity, and biting insects, as much of each day will be spent snorkeling in the shallow pools of the park.  We will be staying at the Vaoto Lodge.

For more information and to apply to join the program, please contact the instructor: McKeonS(at)si.edu.

Advertised Schedule
Three weeks of travel at the beginning of second session (Jul. 29 - Aug. 20)
Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
Approximately $2400 for food, lodging, and interisland travel
Special Expenses
Travel and equipment costs: Students will be required to meet the class at Pago Pago International Airport on Tutuila Island.  Snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel), and culturally appropriate swimwear (rash guard and shorts for everyone) will be required.
Study Abroad
This program will study in Ofu, American Samoa for three weeks during the second session, summer quarter. Costs excluding airfare to Pago Pago are estimated at $2400 for room, board and local transportation. Airfare is estimated as an additional $1500.  Students must pay a non-refundable deposit of $150 by June 1, 2012, to reserve a space.  Full payment of tuition and required fees is due June 29.
Offered During
Day, Evening and Weekend

Program Revisions

Date Revision
June 6th, 2012 This program has been cancelled due to low enrollment. Interested students are encouraged to contact the faculty member to discuss the possibility of individual study.
March 22nd, 2012 New offering added as of March 2012.