Physical requirements: Ability to hike ~3 miles in rugged terrain, ability to swim un-aided for 15-20 minutes, some snorkeling experience would be helpful.
On the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, President Barak Obama extended more than doubled the size of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine Reserve, creating the largest protected area on earth. While a significant step toward marine conservation, this protected area exists in the uninhabited Northwest Hawaiian islands, raising important questions about the relationship between people and marine ecology, questions like, can intact, thriving marine ecosystems and people co-exist?
This 3 credit course (GEOG 399) will examine the relationship between people and coral reefs on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Part underwater surveying adventure, part social science research, part island expedition, we will examine the drivers, processes, stakeholders and business interests that revolve around coral reefs. We will snorkel, hike, interview and observe, and spend time studying reefs, farms, fishing fleets, businesses, utilities, communities and activists. Students will come away with a grounded sense of the challenges and opportunities of maintaining some of the most diverse and fragile environments on the planet.
For more information, contact the program leader Dr. Demian Hommel.
Cost Estimates: to be confirmed at a later date
(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)
Total Program Cost Estimate: TBC