Coastal Environments of Vieques, Puerto Rico
|Approximate Syllabus (Subject to change depending upon weather)|
|Saturday||June 10||Arrive in Vieques - relax, walk on beach|
|Sunday||June 11||Introduction to Vieques, National Forest Management, Mt. Pirata - highest point on Vieques|
|Monday||June 12||Introduction to GPS / North Shore ecology (includes snorkeling)|
|Tuesday||June 13||GPS / Caribbean Tectonics and Geology / Vieques Historical & Conservation Trust|
|Wednesday||June 14||More GPS / South Shore ecology (includes snorkeling)|
|Thursday||June 15||Fort Mirasol / Hurricans & Tsunamis|
|Friday||June 16||Kayaking - Mangrove ecology - Biobay (we're waiting until the end because of the moon)|
|Saturday||June 17||Clean, pack and leave|
|Approximate Daily Schedule (subject to change)|
8-12, field component
12-2, lunch break
2-5, class - lecture, discussion
|Pre-Course Meeting (logistics, introductions, not mandatory) May 31, 6-7 pm, Room 409, Exley Science Tower (corner of Church & Pine)|
1) Greenberg, Idaz and Jerry, 1986. Guide to Corals and Fishes of Florida, The Bahamas and th4e Caribbean, Seahawk Press, 6840 S.W. 92 St., Miami, FL 33156 ISBN = 0-913008-07-9 (available on Amazon < $6)
2) Materials will primary be photocopies of lecture notes and a few other resources. We’ll discuss the best way to make (color, B&W) & distribute them at the May 31 meeting, e.g. PIP photocopying with blank pages for notes?
See items to bring
Maintain a notebook/journal
during the course
|Items to Bring|
*GPS – with computer
Of course the beaches are beautiful and the ecology varied. The key to success for the course is flexibility and comradory. We will all pitch in with cooking and cleaning. There’s a laundry at the house and towels are provided.
Although you can buy most” necessities” on the Island, many of them tend to be expensive and the selection is limited. So if there’s something you really need bring it with you.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are usually in short supply.
I was last there in January. At that time the only “official” place to send and receive email or conduct other Internet activity was at the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust in Esperanza. Hours are limited and when the computers break it can be days to weeks before they’re up and working. One of the restaurants in Isabel Segunda (near us) has WiFi. You can use it at the bar (I’ve never been able to wait long enough) and in theory you can use your laptop, but I haven’t been successful. So best to think of this as an internet-free week. Last year there was an Internet & computer shop with an excellent repairman, but he’s left the island and the shop has closed.
|Additional Reading Material (optional)|
Barlow, Virginia, 1993. The Nature of the Islands: Plants and Animals of the Eastern Caribbean, Chris Doyle Publishing and Cruising Guide Publications, PO Box 1017, Dunedin, FL 34697-1017,pp. 152. ISBN = 0-944428-13-4
Honeychurch, Penelope N., 1980. Caribbean Wild Plants & Their Uses, Macmillan Education, p. 166 ISBN 0 333 40911 6, www.macmillian-caribbean.com
Paul, Human, Any book in his Reef series
Kircher, John, 1997. A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animals, Plants and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, ISBN=0-691-00974-0, pp. 451Robinson, Kathryn, 1997. Where Dwarfs Reign: A Tropical Rain Forest in Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico Press, P.O. Box 23322, San Juan, PR 00931-332, ISBN= 0-8477-0255-3
If there is something you particularly want to do, please let me know. The schedule is flexible. This allows us to take advantage of unplanned opportunities and weather. If you have special dietary requirements please let me know.
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