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URI FLP - Bermuda, Marine Biodiversity
Saint George's, Bermuda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring Break
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Program Description:
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 2020 semester. Given the structure of this program, a willingness to snorkel is a prerequisite to the course. Lectures on Bermuda's geologic and oceanographic contexts as well as the human impacts on Bermuda's biodiversity will be given as part of the course. 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, after the program's return. The format will be a practical written lab report.

Students will engage in excursions while in Bermuda, including visits to:
  • Bermuda Natural History Museum & Aquarium,
  • Ferry Reach mangroves,
  • North Shore inshore reefs,
  • North Rock.
Prior to the program's scheduled departure, a visit to the URI Aquatic Center will be scheduled for a snorkel training session as part of the necessary eligibility requirements for all participants. 


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


*Program Fee: $2,100
Program fee includes:
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health insurance
*NOTE: All fees subject to change.


Tatiana Rynearson, Ph.D.
(401) 874-6022  -
Tatiana Rynearson is a Professor of Oceanography in the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. Please click here to learn more about her background and areas of focus. 

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