In this course, students will explore the in-water research activities that are conducted by a research team to assess the threats that sea turtles are exposed to in the waters off of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Students will discuss a variety of sea turtle species based on their specific biological characteristics. Class discussions will include careful capture and tagging, weighing, taking body measurements, and collecting samples before the turtles are released once again into the ocean. Students will also discuss how mangrove wetlands play an important role in coastal and marine ecosystems of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. The course will also try to justify conservation efforts through education and community involvement. Additional fees required.
NOTE: This course will not be offered in Spring 2024.