SIT Panama: Marine Ecology & Conservation

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Explore marine biodiversity in two oceans. Snorkel while conducting research in Caribbean coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds. Learn to measure and quantify blue carbon in unique coastal habitats.

Major topics of study include:
-Marine organism diversity across marine and coastal ecosystems
-Wetland, mangrove, seagrass, and reef interdependence and functional diversity
-The emerging field of blue carbon, its relevance and integral role in the context of climate change
-Methods and methodology for measuring blue carbon and marine organism biodiversity
-The role of wetland, mangrove, coral reef, and seagrass bed ecosystems in the carbon process, along with needs and threats to each ecosystem
-Field research project on a topic relevant to marine diversity and blue carbon

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Yes, I recommend this program

I already want to go back!

This is the perfect program for you if you like to travel, have new experiences, and make close friends! You get to constantly see new places around the country with a group of like-minded individuals. This is the recipe for great conversations and great memories. We stayed with five homestays that shared the culture of Panama with us and in hostels where we got to bond as a group. Not only do you learn about all types of ecosystems with hands on experience, you learn about yourself and skills for the future. The end of the program entails a research project where you can choose any location and topic. This may seem daunting at first, but it was one of the most rewarding parts of the program. Overall, I got to travel with an amazing group of students and create memories that I will carry with me forever.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that could be improved would be individual time with students to plan research.
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