Biology-- It Grows On You! DJSH Marine Biology Field Study

Stephanie Ohtola Start Date: Jan 26, 2018 - End Date: May 25, 2018
  • The Bahamas

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by: Stephanie Ohtola Start Date: Jan 26, 2018 - End Date: May 25, 2018
          The students at Delphos-Jefferson High School are just like biology-- they, too, will grow on you.  These bright and ambitious students are hoping to subsidize their tuition fee for a 7-day marine biology field study on Andros Island, Bahamas.  Led by veteran biology teachers and other staff, 13 high school students an introductory field study of the flora and fauna of a tropic island and a barrier coral reef.  Upon completion of the field study, the students will have strong basic knowledge and skills in taxonomy, ecology, field study techniques, observing, collecting and interpreting data.
     The ocean has been described as our last frontier.  In the near future it will be regarded as a valuable source of food, water, and various chemical substances.  There is much yet to be learned about all marine life:  the basic processes of its food web, productivity, population and effects of man’s intervention, such as pollution, on these processes.
     A field study increases the power of observation and stimulates and improves the quality of experience.  It also provides opportunities for individual exploration and research.
     Socially, field studies provide opportunities to develop close personal relationships, informal relationships with people, and cooperation with other members of the group.
     As a homogenous community in which most of the student population receives free or reduced lunches, the students at Delphos-Jefferson High school would benefit greatly from a field study in which they are exposed to all of the wonderful knowledge that the world has to offer.  From meeting new and diverse people to studying the rich Carribean ecosystem, this field study has the opportunity to broaden horizens while simultaneously sparking a renewed enthusiasm for learning.

  • The Bahamas