Coral Reefs and Carbonate Geology of Bermuda
This field-based course will study the modern coral reefs and carbonate geology of Bermuda. Modern coral reefs will be accessed from shore or by boat by snorkeling around reefs to study the biodiversity of reef-forming and carbonate-producing organisms. Sediment sample analysis by microscope will follow daily snorkeling outings, followed by a 1-2 hour evening lecture. The geologic history of Bermuda and its caves will be studied on land along outcrops and snorkeling in caves. Students will stay in a historic research station (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences: BIOS) for seven nights in dorm-style rooms with 2-3 hot meals prepared each day by staff in a cafeteria. There will be five pre-trip lectures at Appalachian State University (July 25–31) prior to our departure. Students and instructors will depart as a group from campus to Charlotte's airport, departing for Bermuda the morning of Aug. 2nd, 2019 and returning Aug. 9th, 2019 (dates are tentative). Students are responsible for purchasing or supplying their own snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins). The anticipated program cost is approximately $2650 (including airfare).
GLY 3530-145 – Coral Reeds and Carbonate Geology of Bermuda – 3 credit hours
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.
Billable Program Cost: $ 2,649.79
Includes: airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee.
Estimated Additional Student Cost: $ 230.00 (Summer tuition not included. See below for estimate.)
Estimated costs include but are not limited to: snorkeling gear ($100), personal expenses ($100), and some meals ($30).
Undergraduate in-state summer tuition for 2019 is estimated at $475 for 3 credits.
* Non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa before entering Bermuda
** Tuition and fees for summer program are not included in this cost. Please go to this link
and scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates" to determine what tuition and fees you will be charged based on your individual status. Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control. Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.
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If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
- Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
- Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
- Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.
The international component of this course will run from August 2 to August 9, 2019.
5 meetings; dates and times TBD.
Dr. Cole Edwards
Geology and Environmental Sciences Department
Cole Edwards is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. He earned his Master’s at Acadia University (Nova Scotia, Canada) on Precambrian paleontology in 2010 and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in carbonate geochemistry in 2014. Dr. Edwards has traveled to Bermuda several times since 2006 as he attended and led field trips studying the coral reefs, in addition to field trips to the Bahamas, Florida Keys, and Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Edwards teaches classes in historical geology and sedimentology, both of which incorporate geologic and environmental processes responsible for carbonate reef formation and how reefs have changed through time. His research focuses on a time period known as the Ordovician (~485–444 million years ago) and using chemical signatures preserved in rock to better understand how reef communities may have been impacted by environmental changes throughout deep time.
Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce
Professor and Director of Environmental Sciences Programs
Geology and Environmental Sciences Department
Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce is a Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and is the current Director of the Environmental Science Program. She received both her MSc (2000) and PhD (2005) from Rutgers University, specializing in rift basin sedimentology and paleolandscape evolution. Dr. Liutkus-Pierce’s current research focuses on paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate reconstruction, namely of fossil primate and hominin sites in Africa. She uses sedimentology, stratigraphy, and stable isotope geochemistry of carbonates to reconstruct short-term and long-term environmental changes in terrestrial settings and has led field expeditions to Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa. Dr. Liutkus-Pierce teaches courses in historical geology, environmental hazards, and sedimentology, and has led numerous field trips to the Cambrian-Ordovician marine sedimentary rocks of southwestern Virginia, which are ancient analogs for the modern carbonates forming around Bermuda today. She is a PADI certified SCUBA diver and holds both Advanced and NITROX certifications.
How to Apply
- CONTACT THE FACULTY DIRECTOR(S) TO DISCUSS THE PROGRAM
- SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
- Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
- Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
- Select the Student Tab.
- Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
- Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
- Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
- PRINT, SIGN, AND DATE THE PAPER APPLICATION FORM
- PAY THE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
- Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
- Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).
- Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order. Please note that Student Accounts can no longer accept credit card payments in person, but they can take credit card payments online. Online credit and debit card payments are subject to a non-refundable 2.75% transaction fee.
- BRING YOUR SIGNED PAPER APPLICATION TO OIED
- Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
Union, Suite 321.
- OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here
You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.
You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:
Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program online student application form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2019 at the latest.
Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.