Vision 2015: Going Global in Belize

This originally appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of Portraits magazine

Saint Anselm students studied in Belize last summer. The neotropical rainforests and coral reefs of the Central American country are two of the most species-rich ecosystems on earth. It was the third year that professors Lori LaPlante and Eric Berry offered Field Studies in Tropical Biology, introducing students to the biological complexity of the tropics. (Last year’s class also learned a bit about geology, when a 7.3 earthquake struck just off the shore of Honduras.) Using canoes and snorkel gear, students learned to measure coral diversity, survey tropical species, and observe fish behavior.

First-hand experiences stay with them for a long time. I am amazed how often I’ll meet students who had taken the course in the past and still seem to remember every detail…
—Eric Berry, associate professor

The enthusiasm I see in our students reminds me of why I was attracted to field biology in the first place.
—Lori LaPlante, associate professor