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Island Biology and Geology: Field Studies in Biology/Regional Geology

Leaders: Dr. Brian Bodenbender and Dr. Greg Murray

Students snorkel in tidal pool in the Bahamas

The topics in this interdisciplinary course include the geology of San Salvador Island (limestone formation and classification, Pleistocene glacial history, waves, beaches, dissolution and caves), biogeography (how do organisms get to islands, and how do evolutionary patterns differ from the mainland?), coral reef ecology and conservation, biological and geological field techniques, and interconnections between biology and geology in tropical ecosystems. A valid passport is required. Offered every few years as a spring term course (4 credits: 2 credits in biology and 2 in geology) and includes an extended field trip to San Salvador Island, Bahamas during spring break week. For further information, contact Dr. Brian Bodenbender (Geology and Environmental Sciences), bodenbender@hope.edu, or Dr. Greg Murray, gmurray@hope.edu.

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We believe that students learn best by doing biology so it is equally important that we provide new and interesting ways for you to do exactly that. The programs below are only available at Hope College, so you won't find these anywhere else.

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