Bahamas: Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology

Swimming with a shark.

August 4 - 11, 2017

Application Deadline:
March 15, 2017

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Few dwellers of the deep incite as much fear and curiosity as the shark. Where better to learn about the many shark species – as well as several marine ecosystems (mangroves, coral reefs, sandy and rocky inter-tidal zones – than at a biological field station on the island of South Bimini, the Bahamas, in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean? Much of your days will be spent in a swimsuit and a snorkel, underwater or on a beach, in the lab or on a boat. You will gain a basic understanding of the major habitats of tropical marine waters (sea grass meadows, rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs, mangrove forests, etc.); the organisms which inhabit them (sharks, fish, invertebrates, algae, etc.); the principles which underlie these relationships (zonation, competitive exclusion, origin of eukaryotes, etc.); and some of the policy issues which affect them (settlement of the Bahamas, marine protected areas, etc.). The days will be long and strenuous, but if you're interested in learning about marine science at the Bimini Biological Field Station (and original "Sharklab") and a typical relatively isolated and undeveloped West Indian island, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

For complete information, see the PDF icon2014 Syllabus.pdf (PDF).

Additional Application Instructions:
Please write a 1-2 paragraph essay on "why you desire to participate in this program/what you hope to gain from this experience." Email your essay directly to Dr. Sorenson at

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CFAN 3502/5502 (2 credits)

*Fulfills the Environment theme liberal education requirement


Students with a strong interest in tropical marine biology and ecology.


$4050 - $4200


Peter Sorensen is a professor in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. His expertise is in fish physiology and behavior including migratory marine species. Dean Grubbs, the primary instructor, is a member of research faculty at Florida State University. His expertise is in shark biology, fisheries science and natural history. Samuel H. Gruber is an adjunct professor in the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He is the founder and administrator of the BBFS.

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