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URI FLP - Mystic and Roatan
Kingston, United States; Mystic, United States; Sandy Bay, Honduras (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter J-term
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Program Description:
Program Description:
Mystic and RoatanMARINE MAMMAL PHYSIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR
January 2 - January 18, 2020
 
This program provides an engaging topic of study for students seeking experiential learning opportunities in marine mammal science. Students will explore how marine mammals “make a living” through analysis of current research in the field as well as through experiential learning opportunities at URI, Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, CT), and the Dolphin Communication Project at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences in Roatán, Honduras. Throughout the course, students will also meet and work with a variety of scientists conducting research in the field, veterinarians, and marine mammal trainers.

The Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) was established in 1989 by the owners of Anthony's Key Resort. The primary objective of this facility is the preservation of Roatan's natural resources through education and research. Over the past twenty five years, RIMS has established itself as a dedicated teaching institution with a facility that is visited year-round by colleges, universities and high schools from abroad to study tropical marine ecosystems and the bottlenose dolphins. RIMS is ideally located for marine study on the northwest coast of Roatán where over 30 miles of fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and shoreline are home to an astonishing profusion of life.
 

ACADEMICS

Students will earn three credits for AVS 442: Physiology and Behavior of Marine Mammals.

While based at URI, this course will make several visits to Mystic Aquarium, where students will interact with marine mammal researchers, veterinarians and trainers.  Students will observe animal training sessions used for research purposes, as well as aid in the collection, handling, and analysis of physiological samples  Students will also participate in a necropsy led by a marine mammal veterinarian and learn how to conduct behavioral research through observations of the marine mammals at the aquarium.

The travel week of the program will be based at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences at Anthony’s Key Resort on the island of Roatán, Honduras. While in Roatán, students will be immersed in ongoing dolphin behavior research under the guidance of Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski of the Dolphin Communication Project. Students will observe dolphin behavior in a natural lagoon enclosure, assist with data collection, and learn how behavioral data is analyzed and interpreted.  RIMS is ideally located for marine study on the northwest coast of Roatán where over 30 miles of fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and shoreline are home to an astonishing profusion of life.
 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Students will stay in dormitory-style double occupancy rooms at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences. Meals will be provided while in Roatán.
 

PROGRAM COST

 Residency  Program Fee  URI Tuition  Total Cost
 In-State  $3,625  $858  $4,483
 Out-of-State  $3,625  $1,422  $5,047

Program Fee Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • On-site transportation
  • Health insurance
NOTE: All fees are subject to change.
AIRFARE IS INCLUDED.

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Justin Richard, Ph.D.
jt_richard@uri.edu
To learn more about Dr. Richard and his research, click here!
 

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter J-Term 2020 10/04/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2020 01/18/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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