Coral Reef Ecology: Bermuda March 15- March 19, 2017

Your surroundings come to life as never before – corals sway and fish soar in the dazzling panorama that overwhelms the senses and inspires you with the wonder of life. This is the beauty of our planet. This is Earth Institute’s Coral Reef Ecology Program in Bermuda.

Bermuda is an ideal location for an introduction to Coral Reef Ecology because it is the northern most tropical reef in the world involved in cutting edge research on the effects of climate change on coral reefs.

Coral reef ecosystems around the world contain some of the highest biodiversity on our planet. Not only are coral reefs home to thousands of marine species but they are important to our daily lives through tourism, fisheries, carbon sequestration and coastal protection.

The decline of coral reefs is a pressing concern for scientists and governments alike as environmental and human threats to these ecosystems increase. Understanding the complex ecological relationship of coral reefs is a cornerstone to understanding how they will respond in the coming decade.

The course is an introduction to the coral reef as an ecosystem and some of the many organisms that inhabit and sustain the reef. Students are taught the basics of corals; their growth, reproduction and recruitment. Accompanying lectures by instructors from the Bermuda Institute of Ocean and Sciences (BIOS), students will participate in demonstrations which will allow them to become the scientist, learning techniques that marine biologists use to analyze corals and food chains.

Additional day trips to North Rock, Coopers Island, Nonsuch Island, and the Walsingham Nature Reserve allow students to learn about the many threats to coral reef ecosystems and the various conservation efforts being undertaken to aide in their preservation. But the highlight of the trip will be the snorkeling excursions to observe the various coral species and marine life up close.

This course is part of the Earth Institute’s Executive Education Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability. Course tuition is $865, room and board is $750. Airfare is not included – 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 the BIOS field site on the first day of the program.

If you are interested in signing up for this course please contact EICES at