Animal Behavior and Conservation Biology Field Research in Roatan, Honduras

Study and research animal behavior and conservation methods in Honduras and earn course credit! Spend one week at the Anthony’s Key Resort in Roatán, walking distance from the Roatán Museum and the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences.

This course will take place during the Spring 2023 semester, and will include an eight-day field study component in Roatán, Honduras over Spring Break, where students will study animal behavior and conservation biology methods at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences.

Lectures and hands-on field study instruction will be conducted by St. Mary’s professors Heather Hill, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology; Melissa Karlin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Science; and Kathleen Dudzinski, Ph.D., Director of the Dolphin Communication Project.

Site visits on this program include:

  • Going out on snorkel boats 2-3x across the week
  • Visiting Maya Key, a conservation habitat and snorkeling site with Mayan replicas and a museum to explore
  • Visiting a local zoo to learn about the illegal trade of animals

Additionally, the resort brings in a troupe from the local Guarafina people to share the traditions of the island in song and dance one evening

The field study is a partnership with and the Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) and the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences.

Check out this video from DCP for more information!

By Vanessa Jimenez
Vanessa Jimenez STEM Coordinator of Student Engagement and Industrial Outreach