Professor Kathleen Sullivan Sealey, Ecosystem Science and Policy
Program Dates: May 14 - June 3, 2012
Summer Session I

Students go on site to Great Exuma, Bahamas to understand issues related to the need for economic development, especially tourism, balanced against the complexities of environmental protection and management on small tropical island ecosystems. Tourism is the economic driver for the insular Caribbean; however, the market is dependent on the quality of the environment, costs and unique experiences.

The goal of this course is to present environmental students with a chance to learn by doing. Students will be engaged in a coastal stewardship project that uses ecological assessment methods and water quality monitoring with community participation to protect wetlands and shorelines in George Town, Exuma. The project in George Town will start its third year of mangrove replanting, as well as monitoring new culverts and mitigation measures that improve coastal circulation and water quality around the settlement. The project is implemented in collaboration with local government and the Exuma Foundation to builds local partnerships for better environmental stewardship of coastal resources.

Courses (3 or 6 credits):
ECS380/580 - Field Studies In ECS

Student outcomes will be based on a unique combination of seminars and hands-on learning in a coastal restoration and community outreach project in George Town Exuma. The course allows students to participate in a multi-year coastal restoration project being carried out in the central Bahamas.

Students will be housed in dormitory facilities at the Exuma Foundation campus.

Program Costs:
The program fee is $762 for the 3-credit, 10-day course or $1155 for the 6-credit, 21-day course.
The fee includes the following:

  • Accommodations
  • Daily evening meal
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Ground transportation
  • All excursion travel and fees

The following are not included in the program fee.  Students are responsible for:

  • $4800 for 3 or $9600 for 6 credits of tuition
  • International airfare
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Passport fee (if necessary)
  • Course materials
  • Personal expenses during the program
  • Anything not specifically mentioned above

Please budget for these additional expenses. The estimated fees do not include independent travel outside of the program.

To Apply: submit the Application for UM Courses Abroad to Allen Hall room 111.  Application must be signed by the instructor or email approval must be attached to application. 

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until March 26.

Contact: Email Professor Kathleen Sullivan Sealey of the UM Department of Ecosystem Science and Policy at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Lisa Aradeon at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).