FRSHWTR 512-section 1/512G-section 1 (3 credits) Field studies in Freshwater Science and Sustainability in a rapidly changing ecological corridor, Yucatan Peninsula. This course will comprise one week at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences and 6 weeks in Bacalar, Mexico. Anticipated dates are October 26 to December 10, 2022.
FRSHWTR 512- section 2/512G-section 2 (3 credits) Laboratory methodology and analysis in Tropical Freshwater Science. This course will comprise one week at the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences and 6 weeks at the Laguna Bacalar Field Station. Anticipated dates are October 26 to December 10, 2022.
FRSHWTR 699/999 (3 credits) Independent Study This independent study is a 16-week full semester course that will overlap with the 512/512G on-site Bacalar courses.
The first 8-week portion of this course will involve research that will introduce students to the ecological and historical background of the Yucatan Ecological Corridor, Mexico as well as project planning for the associated field session October 26 to December 10. This includes meeting each other, discussions with Mexican collaborators, defining which scientific project to embark upon, obtaining needed equipment and supplies. This portion will be held Fridays 9 a.m.-10:50 a.m. from September 6 to October 28, 2022, in a hybrid format.
The next 6-week portion will be completed on site in Bacalar, Mexico. Students will be located in Mexico under the mentorship of Mexican scientists and collaborators during which weekly virtual meetings with SFS faculty will be held to provide general oversight and ensure that research goals and objectives are being met. At semester’s end, students will turn in a well-prepared term paper and present findings at a professional meeting. Travel and lodging expenses will be provided through a National Science Foundation grant.