Tropical Marine Ecology Workshop

August 12-19, 2006

An 8-day Workshop at a tropical reef in Roatan, the Bay Islands, Honduras, Central America

Join New York Sea Grant, COSEE Great Lakes, and the AQUARIUM of Niagara on this educational expedition to the Caribbean. Study the biodiversity of a coral reef ecosystem and the related habitats that support its complex structure. Observe the dynamics of age-old survival relationships of unique animals on the reef and the pressures of an emerging industrial island nation on these delicate relationships. Swim and interact with dolphins at the newest dolphin encounter in the Caribbean. Comfortable boats will deliver participants to the calm, sheltered coral reef lying just offshore, where they will snorkel among the reef fishes in warm, clear waters. This course is a must for science teachers at all levels. Transform life science and social studies lessons with materials and experiences that will allow students to construct their own models of these complex, but crucial ecosystems.


The Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences and Anthony’s Key Resort; oceanfront facility, double occupancy cabanas with private bath (Key Standard), air conditioned classroom, dolphin encounter, dive shop and more.


$1956.00 includes airfare from Buffalo, room and meals, bus and boat fees, transfers, admissions, hotel and departure taxes, and all tips and gratuities. Tuition and souvenirs extra. School districts may financially support their teachers.

Graduate Credit

Optional: Three hours of graduate credit are available from SUNY at Buffalo. Tuition costs are extra and must be paid directly to the University. Teachers will select a reef organism for study and compile information sheets and level appropriate activities for their classrooms.


Participants will need snorkeling gear: mask, snorkel and fins.

Content Areas

Topics to be covered with presentations and field visits: the coral reef, including reef formation and ecology; reef fish; reef invertebrates; animal relationships; sandy beaches; tide pools; zonation at a rocky shore; mangroves; and turtle grass beds.

Funding Possibilities to Explore

  • This is professional development activity and may qualify for both local district funding and inservice course credit as required by the NYS Commissioner of Education.
  • A limited number of $300-500 scholarships are available to teachers from COSEE Great Lakes. Please call for more information and a scholarship application.

Additional Information

Please call Helen Domske, Sea Grant Extension Specialist at (716) 645-2114 x2337 or e-mail

Sponsors of this workshop reserve the right to limit group size and cancel due to insufficient numbers of participants. Cost is based on a minimum of ten participants and current air fare prices. Participants must be able to demonstrate PADI snorkeling skills or be willing to wear a snorkel vest when in the water.

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