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URI FLP - Bermuda, Marine Biodiversity
Saint George's, Bermuda (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring Break
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Program Description:
BermudaMarine Biodiversity

The ocean makes up >90% of the habitable space on Earth. Accordingly, it is the most species-rich and diverse sphere of the planet. Despite an overwhelming focus on marine animals, the most staggering diversity exists among the photosynthetic and planktonic inhabitants. This course will provide students with hands on experience in biodiversity assessment in the field. The class will be based at the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences (BIOS), where we will blend fieldwork, lectures and laboratory manipulation to explore diversity in the subtropical waters.

Bermuda is an archipelago consisting of seven main islands and about 130 smaller islands lying about 580 miles east of North Carolina. Bermuda became a self-governing colony in 1620. Today, Bermuda’s population of approximately 65,000 is diverse, consisting of numerous nationalities and ethnic groups. Bermuda has developed into a highly successful offshore financial center and has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.


This program is open only to students enrolled in BIO 310: Bermuda Marine Diversity (2 credits) during the Spring 2019 semester. Concurrent or past enrollment in BIO 308 and willingness to snorkel are prerequisites to the course. Lectures on Bermuda's geologic and oceanographic contexts as well as the human impacts on Bermuda's biodiversity will be given prior to departure. During the course of the program, students will complete lab notebook entries and quizzes in addition to field trips and labs. The final report will be submitted back at URI, two Fridays after the scheduled return date. The format will be a practical written lab report.

Students will engage in excursions while in Bermuda including visits to: Walsingham Pond & caves, Bermuda Natural History Museum & Aquarium, Ferry Reach mangroves, North Shore inshore reefs, and North Rock.


While in Bermuda, students will stay in double occupancy, dormitory style rooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.


Program Fee: $2,180
Program fee includes:
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health insurance
NOTE: All fees subject to change.



Chris Lane, Ph.D.
(401) 874-2683  -
Chris Lane is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Brunswick. He is working on research projects including, Red Algal Adelphoparasites, and The Bermuda Seaweed Project with Dr. Craig Schneider from Trinity College. Dr. Lane enjoys working in comparative evolutionary genomics, biodiversity, and evolution of life history traits. More specifically, his interests relate to the mechanisms behind reduction in nuclear and organellar genomes. He is currently working on algae that have a parasitic lifestyle and the causes as well as the consequences of this lifestyle. He is a member of the Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR science and design leaders team.

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