Spittler studies coral reefs in Jamaica
CONWAY, S.C. — Sarah Spittler, a marine science major from Tilghman, traveled to the Discover y Bay Marine Laborator y in Discover y Bay, Jamaica, for the Ecology of Reefs Maymester study abroad program.
From May 9 to 26, students in the program spent their days researching tropical coral reefs and participating in scuba diving.
The Ecology of Reefs program highlighted the structure, productivity and biological diversity of the coral reef ecosystem, with emphasis on their sensitivity to environmental disturbances.
For nearly 30 years, students and faculty from CCU have traveled to Discovery Bay, Jamaica, for the program, which is in partnership with the University of the West Indies Discovery Bay Marine Laborator y.
Students were enrolled in both MSCI 477, Ecology of Coral Reefs and MSCI 499, Directed Undergraduate Research. In Ecology of Coral Reefs, students learn about reef structure, productivity, and diversity.
As part of the research portion of this course, Directed Undergraduate Research required students to prepare an independent, faculty-supervised project that ends with a presentation and formal research paper.