Study abroad is a great way to build life skills and gain a career-advantage. Scholarships are available through the FWCB Department, the College (CFANS), and the University's Learning Abroad Center. FWCB faculty regularly teach international courses through CFANS or as a University Global Seminar. For information on courses to be offered in this academic year contact these offices:
The following are some of these recent course offerings taught by FWCB faculty:
FW 1901 - Coral Reef Management in Belize
This seminar will examine the living laboratories of the Mesoamerican Reef System—specifically the Belize barrier reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Learn from local experts, engage with local community action plans, and explore the reef's biodiversity firsthand to develop a complex understanding of reef environment management. During this seminar you will inquire about and discuss societal goals for coral reef management, ways to translate goals into policy and practice, and methods for restoring damaged reefs. No previous coral reef management or marine biology experience is required. You will spend a great deal of time physically engaging with the reef's biodiversity, so a desire to learn is encouraged. This course involves a study abroad component to Belize during spring break.
CFAN 3502 - Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology (2 cr.)
This two-credit field study includes a combination of hands-on field and laboratory exercises guided by both Bimini Biological Field Station and UM faculty and staff. The course explores the ecology of local sharks and the natural history of the Caribbean while addressing aspects of local culture and development. In particular, students will investigate several marine ecosystems (mangroves, coral reefs, sandy and rocky intertidal zones) and spend at least two days learning about and observing the many shark species that live in this region. Daily lectures are followed by excursions to observe these fascinating systems and the sharks that live within them. Local flora and fauna are collected and identified, and sharks baited by Sharklab staff, for close observations. There will be at least two snorkeling Trips per day and opportunities to work with staff on active research projects.
CFAN 3504 - Vertebrate Research Design and Field Survey Techniques (3 cr.)
This course will provide participants with a brief overview of Thailand's culture and conservation challenges and then focus on applying a set of well-developed field survey and conservation tools. The course begins with a 2-day trip up Thailand's central waterway on a live-aboard barge designed for research and education. The class then travels to Thailand's premier conservation research site where a comfortable home base is available for daily field activities and a launching point for a wilderness trip into more remote parts of western Thailand. Many activities will revolve around and contribute to a long-term tiger conservation project of which UM has been a principal partner. Students will work with three Thai biologists who are experts on tigers and field research. Specific activities will include camera trapping techniques, prey assessment methods and radio telemetry approaches to the study of large mammals.
CFAN 3514 - Machu Picchu and the Amazon: Climate change and the city of the gods (3 cr.)
This three-credit faculty-led international field study seminar explores four World Heritage sites in Peru. The course explores aspects of biodiversity in the context of climate change and allows students to design, conduct and report the results of an independent study in the Amazon rainforest. The course includes three days exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu, two weeks at a field station in the headwaters of the Amazon, as well as guided tours of the Sacred Valley and the city of Cusco.
CFAN 3521 - Borneo Global Seminar: Tropical Wildlife Conservation & Climate Change (3 cr, GP & Env)
This seminar explores tropical conservation by focusing on three main themes in Borneo: climate change, rehabilitation and release of rare species, and remote camera surveys for environmental education. Each theme is supported with in-country lectures, exploration activities, and a student product. We explore and learn about marine, montane, and tropical forest ecosystems. Threats to ecosystem health in Borneo are multi-faceted. Habitat loss and fragmentation, due to logging and oil-palm agriculture, mean that wildlife populations are smaller and increasingly isolated. This class engages students in global issues of climate change and habitat loss. It also brings students face-to-face with rehabilitation and reintroduction of charismatic species. Species we investigate most closely are orangutans and sun bears. We explore riparian habitat, discuss issues of fragmentation, and pressures on protected areas at the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC). DGFC is located in high-quality riparian habitat in the Kinabatangan Reserve, in patches of forest nestled in a matrix of oil-palm agriculture along the Kinabatangan River. Clouded leopards, sun bears, orangutans, otters, proboscis monkeys, and crocodiles are found here. At the field station, orangutans forage in the canopy overhead. If you follow the noise of rustling leaves, you will observe long-tailed macaques moving in the canopy and hornbills feeding on forest fruits. Students learn wildlife monitoring techniques and design their own environmental education lesson. Students connect issues of climate change and conservation in a range of ecosystems in Sabah, Borneo, and design enrichment projects for captive sun bears and orangutans.