Lake Ecology


This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence lake dynamics. This will be accomplished through lecture, field investigation, and laboratory analysis.

Other Courses

This course can be combined with similar courses for a comprehensive four week summer session in Belize
Marine Biology
Lake Ecology
Wildlife Health
Primate Ecology

Lake Ecology, An Introduction To Field Research

An emphasis throughout the course will be on the aquatic invertebrate life found within the lakes near San Ignacio. Students will learn basic and modern methods of field and laboratory investigation.

By the end of this course students will

  • 1.

    Have a deep understanding of relationships among physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence lake dynamics

  • 2.

    Be able to accurately measure basic water quality parameters in a lake setting

  • 3.

    Understand and perform field sampling techniques to collect and qualitatively assess aquatic invertebrate life within a lake

  • 4.

    Perform taxonomic identification of aquatic invertebrates using dissecting scopes

  • 5.

    Understand the role of genetic identification of organisms in ecology

Undergraduate students with an interest in aquatic biology, ecology, and/or conservation will gain knowledge and skills in this course that will be applicable to careers in these fields.

Application deadline for summer 2018 is March 15th 2018. We have 4 course sessions in summer. Section A: May 12-26. Section B: May 26-June 9. Section C: June 9-23. Section D: June 23-July 7. This course will run in Section A

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Study Watershed Ecology
  • Day 1

    Course Introduction: The ecology of tropical lakes

  • Day 2

    Field: hike and introduction to data recording and field collection methods sample collection at Challilo Dam

  • Day 3

    Sample site 2: Conceptual models and snorkelling the site

  • Day 4

    Lectures and Activity: Polymerase chain reaction and gel electrophoresis, data synthesis and statistical analysis.

  • Day 5

    Classroom and Field: Presentations of conceptual models and canoe trip on the Macal river.

  • Day 6

    Classroom, Field and Laboratory: Travel Travel to T.R.E.E.S. with stop at Blue Hole National Park/St. Herman’s Cave. Introduction to taxonomic identification in the laboratory

  • Day 7

    Laboratory: taxonomic identification of biological samples collected at Challilo Dam

  • Day 8

    Field: Travel to field site Five Blue Lake National Park. Snorkel sites and data collection

  • Day 9

    Classroom and Laboratory: Taxonomic identification (FBLNP)

  • Day 10

    Final Exam

Scholarship and Funding Ideas

Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, many still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.

    APVMA Scholarship

    C.E.L.A Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members in each period (winter and summer). Each scholarship has a value of 50% of the regular cost of a single course or full program. A full program means two (2) courses (for a scholarship value of approximately $2500). Students can choose among any courses offered. Additional charges (late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, credit from a U.S. college/university, etc.) will be charged directly to the student at their full price. Contact us for more details

  • Gilman Scholarship
    Gilman International

    The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Who can apply The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Find out more here

  • Crowd Funding
    Crowd Funding

    So if a scholarship opportunity didn't work out, you can turn to many internet crowd funding sites to try and raise funds. If somebody can raise $6k for potato salad, who knows what you might be able to achieve.
    There are of course other crowd funding options such as indigogo and many more, so go on, get creative, get social and we'll see you soon.

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Our Mission

To expand the world view of participants by providing high quality, relevant, dynamic, socially responsible and academically challenging experiences.

Our Vision

We are the number one choice in Belize for providing professional and academic education by exceeding our participants’ expectations and contributing to the success of the communities with which we work.

Our Core Values

Sustainability: We are committed to building a better understanding of Belize's rich cultures and biodiversity whilst ensuring our business activities have a beneficial and sustaining impact.

Respect: We treat everyone with dignity, equality, kindness and trust regardless of ethnicity, lifestyle, gender and beliefs.

Teamwork: We work together through cooperation, dedication, respect and open communication.

Collaboration: We actively pursue and value cooperative relationships in pursuit of our mission and vision.

CELA. Belize
Center for Engaged Learning Abroad

P.O. Box 177
San Ignacio
Central America
Tel: +501 670 0930

Center For Engaged Learning Abroad