Looking for Master's students!
I am currently looking for students that would like to do a Master of Philosophy with me at the University of Belize, starting in January 2020. The M.Phil. program is a new, research-based Master's at UB. Students will spend most of their time carrying out a research project, and the program only requires three seminar classes in the specialty field. Students will gain research and technical skills, and as a condition of completion will publish one peer-reviewed research paper by the end of their degree. For more information on the program, see https://www.ub.edu.bz/download/mphil-application/
The successful applicants will work with me and Dr. Leandra Cho-Ricketts at the Environmental Research Institute in Belmopan, Belize as part of a larger effort to understand reef resilience in Belize. Specifically, they will conduct research in historical ecology or paleoecology to help test hypotheses about patterns of reef diversity and growth on centennial and decadal timescales. For more information about projects or living in Belmopan, please contact Dr. Anna Weiss, aweiss [at] ub [dot] edu [dot] bz.
This morning we got to test out a new drone that will be used for mapping marine survey areas. It even came with its own mini Helipad.
Jané did a great job steering, but we still need a little more practice to stick the landing.
I had the opportunity to join Dr. Arlenie Rogers and Giselle Borden from UB ERI on a field trip exploring development and sustainability in Belize. We got to visit beautiful Harvest Caye in Placencia and The Reserve in Stann Creek to learn how they are incorporating sustainability into their business models. It was inspiring to see businesses that aim to be responsible community members and citizens (amid beautiful scenery!). Below are photos from that trip.
Top 2 Rows: Harvest Caye; Bottom Row: The Reserve