Jeremy Ward, Professor of Biology; Erin Eggleston, Assistant Professor of Biology; and Middlebury students Will Greene '19, Luke Kikukawa '19.5, Helena Milazzo '22, George Valentine '19.5
A panel discussion with faculty and students from the BIOL 371 Advanced Field Biology: Place-based Global Biology Education W'19. Students in this course conducted field-based scientific observation, sample and data collection, and interpretation of biological phenomena in coral reef environments on Abaco Island, Bahamas. The course deeply engaged in off-campus, place-based learning practicing population genetics, ecology, genomics, biogeochemistry, and site mapping via Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) protocols. This work will contribute to ongoing active reef research with global reef conservation implications and many of these students are continuing to pursue related research opportunities.