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Study Tour

2018 Geodynamics Program: Study Tour

The Island School
Eleuthera Island, Bahamas

May 29 - June 3, 2018

Attached are the required readings for the ecosystems that we will be visiting while in the Bahamas.

With the addition of a trip to Highborne Cay to see stromatolites and new information regarding the logistical difficulty in getting to some of the sites on Eleuthera, we have made some changes to the plan
The ecosystems on our schedule are:
1. Ooids (no readings required)
2. Stromatolites (one review article and one updated paper)
3. Corals (one review)
4. Mangroves (one review)
Based on car and boat availability, the coordinator at the Island School is still putting together our schedule. But, we are going to need to be flexible on when we go to Highborne since that requires a boat trip across the sound to the next island. Essentially, when the seas are calm, we will go. Therefore, to make sure we are prepared to discuss stromatolites, we will have that presentation on the first night that we get there - so start with those two papers.




Mangrove Alongi D 2014 ARMS





Student Participation & Course Requirements

2018 Geodynamics Program: Course Requirements & Student Participation

Program Course Requirements

Speaker suggested readings will be made available as pdf copies through the program website the week prior to each lecture.All students are required to read the designated papers before speakers' presentations.

All students will meet with the visiting speaker from 4 - 5pm in Clark 509 or a TBD location, to discuss speaker topic, presentation and articles provided by the speaker in advance.

Credit for the course requires attendance at Tuesday's speaker seminar and at the student/speaker meetings, and completion of a research project (with oral presentations of results).  Some of the requirements differ for pre and post-general students as follows.

Pre-generals students: carry out a research project related to this year’s theme – preferably something outside their current field of research.They will be required to write this work up in an 8-10 page report, due at our last class meeting.In addition, they will give a 12-15 minute oral presentation at the end of the course, reporting the results of their findings.Project topics are generally solicited from the WHOI staff and posted on the program website under “Student Projects”.

Post-generals students (exam and thesis proposal-wise): present results from their research or a topic of interest in a 12-15 minute oral presentation at the end of the course.

Program activities that Students are encouraged to participate in but not required

Student/Speaker Lunches
Each week we will ask 2-4 students enrolled in the course to join the speaker for lunch from 1-2pm in the Buttery, with the program covering the expense.  This is a great opportunity for students to have some quality time with our guest speakers.

Group Dinner Parties
We traditional host visiting guest speakers to an informal buffet dinner party in someone’s home the evening after each seminar. The program covers all food and beverage costs, excluding alcohol (byob).  Take out has been a carefree option for many hosts, although this is a good opportunity to show off one’s culinary skills. Guest speakers are surprised and flattered by this friendly and relaxed reception and it's a great way to get to know one's colleagues better and network with other institutions.  If you are interested in hosting any of these dinner gatherings for our guest speakers please contact Andrew Daly,, or this year's science organizers.

Study Tour
The Geodynamics Program sponsors a study tour during the summer following the spring semester.  Participating in the study tour is optional.  Students coming on the study tour will research some aspect or feature that will be seen in the field (instructors can give students a better idea once we finalize the field trip sites).  Students will be responsible for giving a brief presentation (informal 10 minute) in the field on this topic to the group.  In some past programs students have been able to work on these in pairs