Coral Reef Ecology: Bermuda

March 14th – March 18th, 2018

Course number: ENVB 0321 N
Call number: 67450

Coral Reef Ecology 2018 Syllabus

Coral Reef Ecology 2018 Schedule (draft)

Your surroundings come to life as never before – corals sway and fish swim in a dazzling panorama that delights the senses and inspires awe at the wonders of life. This is the beauty of our planet and our oceans. This is The Earth Institute’s Coral Reef Ecology Program in Bermuda.

The decline in coral reefs is a pressing concern with both ecological and social implications. Understanding the complex ecological relationships of coral reefs and how reefs are responding to global change is important for informing coral reef conservation and protection efforts, designing programs to conserve and protect other forms of marine life, and developing policies and programs intended to address social and economic concerns where human well-being and livelihoods are intimately linked with oceans. Come explore this ecosystem via lectures, labs, and fieldwork and learn about why coral reefs are biologically fascinating and their role in marine-based socio-ecological systems.

Offered with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), the course serves as an introduction to coral reef ecosystems. Students are taught the basics of coral biology and will learn about coral reef biodiversity, drivers of coral reef death and degradation, and conservation efforts to protect and preserve coral reef ecosystems. Day trips to North Rock, Cooper’s Island, Nonsuch Island, and the Walsingham Nature Reserve provide students with opportunities to learn about threats to coral reef ecosystems and approaches to coral reef conservation and protection. On snorkeling excursions, the ocean serves as a magnificent living laboratory in which to observe coral reefs and marine life up close.

This course is offered through the EICES Executive Education Program. The course is open to both current Columbia University students and the public. Course tuition is $890. The program fee, which covers course activities and accommodation at BIOS, is $800. Airfare to Bermuda is not included in the program fee; flights are to be booked on an individual basis after you receive additional information regarding arrival and departure times for the program. Students meet at BIOS on the first day of the program.

Application Deadlines:
Early registration discount ($50 off program fee) deadline: January 17th
Final application deadline: February 16th

If you are interested in participating in the course, please contact EICES at