Watershed Analysis in Belize
Est. lab fee: $3,000
Led by Farley Brown and Charlotte Rosendahl
The impacts of land use on the Monkey River watershed.
This 3 credit Sterling College field study program is an opportunity for Sterling College students to diversify their northern Sterling experience with an intensive field course in Belize, a tropical Central American country. This research oriented course builds on skills learned at Sterling College and allows students to implement these skills in a tropical ecosystem. A one credit Introduction to Tropical Ecosystems class is offered during the fall semester and is recommended for participation in this field study program. Partnering with local non-profit biological research stations, Sterling students have the opportunity to explore the impacts of land use on the Monkey River watershed and a coral reef.
Course objectives include:
During the trip we will live at research stations on a remote caye as well as in the lowland rainforest. We will work closely with Belizeans who are Mayan, Creole and Garifuna. The course will culminate with a presentation of our watershed monitoring to Monkey River village residents on the shores of the Caribbean.
Research in Tropical Ecosystems is open to non-Sterling students - please contact faculty advisor Farley Brown for program details or the Sterling admissions office for application information.