Students for Dartmouth are getting hands on field experience at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI). CCMI has had a long standing relationship with the university, with students visiting each year. The students started their trip in Costa Rica where they learned about tropical rainforest habitats. Now in Little Cayman, the students are learning about tropical reef habitats.
The students are studying field methodology, learning the basics of collecting data from the marine environment. Each student is working on a project of their choosing. They will then make a presentation to CCMI’s Royal Patron Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Prince Edward will be vising CCMI in early March. In addition to reviewing the student’s work, he will be touring the station’s facility, and viewing the work of the CCMI.
In addition to the visit from the student and the Prince, CCMI is also preparing for a partnership with Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). CCMI will aid REEF’s Grouper Moon project. The grouper spawning season is set for the end of February. Embryos from the spawning will be collected and taken to CCMI’s station. The hope it to raise the embryos through the juvenile larval stage.
To learn more about the programmes and projects of the CCMI visit the website www.reefresearch.org.