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Cayman Islands Study Abroad

Each year, the University of Delaware Study Abroad Program offers students the opportunity to earn course credits while experiencing a foreign country.

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    The group represents UD while posing for an underwater photo. Photo by Ricky Rosas
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    Imaging bleaching orbicella annularis with coral health indicator cards. Photo by Ashley Barnett

Fourteen students from the University of Delaware’s marine studies program spent Winter Session on the island of Little Cayman, Cayman Islands. For four weeks, students resided in bungalows, dove in crystal clear waters and studied coral reef environments at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI).

The isolated island’s low population, large diversity of marine organisms and marine laboratory are what made it the perfect location for exploring coral reef environments, explained Adam Marsh, a professor of marine biosciences at UD’s Lewes campus, who coordinated the program along with Mark Warner, also a marine biosciences professor.

Throughout the experience, hosted by UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, students took courses in scientific diving and coral reef environments, all taught in a field setting rather than a classroom. The coral reef course focused on the geology of the island, coral reef ecology and how to identify different coral species underwater. 


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