2003 Field Projects

Bayahibe Underwater Park Trail, Dominican Republic. Date: March 15-21. Project completed.

The project focuses on documentation and evaluation of the sites to be included in the park trail with emphasis on site interpretation and public outreach. Minimum project requirements: R322 Scientific Diver. Project course recommendations: R424 Shipwreck Parks as Underwater Museums and R421 Underwater Science Techniques. Cost: $495. R499 Research Underwater Science (3 credits) required.

Coral Reef/SCR Study in Key Largo, Florida. Date: May 13-27. Project is FULL.

Documentation of submerged cultural and biological resources within the FKNMS with the emphasis on the ecology of coral reefs. Investigation of historic shipwrecks, including the 1942 Benwood, 1733 San Felipe and San Pedro, the 18th century Spanish Anchor, and other significant sites. SPEA E400/E555 Coral Reef Ecology course (3 credits) is offered in conjunction with HPER R499 field research Summer Session I. E400 will meet on IU campus May 13-16 and then continue in the Florida Keys from May 19-27. Final E400 field research projects will be due prior to end of Summer Session I. HPER R499 (3 credits) required for field project participation. Minimum project requirements: R322 Scientific Diver. Project course recommendations: R424 Shipwreck Parks as Underwater Museums and R421 Underwater Science Techniques. Cost: $495. Includes research diving equipment, charterboats, and field equipment. Tuition, travel, accommodations, food, and optional recreational dives costs are extra.

Teachers Field School, Bonaire. Date: June 14-22.

Designed for K-12 Science Teacher, this pilot project is a volunteer effort of Cinde Wirth, URM certificate graduate, Ania Budziak, Underwater Science Research Associate, and Betsy Serra, science teacher in Columbus, IN. The goal of the project is to offer science teachers a unique field experience that can be incorporated into K-12 curriculum. HPER R640 (1-3 credits) Research in Recreation available under supervision of Charles Beeker, Underwater Science Director. Contact TFS for more information.

The Frolic Archaeological Field Study, Point Cabrillo, Mendocino, California. Date: July 27- Aug. 8. Applications are now available.

In 1850, inbound from Macao carrying a cargo of Chinese exports, the American Clipper-brig Frolic wrecked on the rugged coastline of Northern California. Thanks to the intensive research of Dr. Thomas Layton the story of the Frolic, her career and her last voyage are well documented. This summer's field research is intended to initiate a thorough study of the vessel's remains located in California's newest Marine Park. The expedition, led by Dr. Sheli Smith, is intended to build on what is already known historically about the brig and the artifacts recovered by sport divers since it's rediscovery. Minimum project requirements: Past R322 Scientific Diver, P499 Research Underwater Science (3 credits) required and experience in cold water diving.

Emerald Bay Resort Historic Landscape Study, California. Date: Aug. 10-15. Applications are now available.

Project combines archival research, land survey and underwater archaeological assessment of cultural resources in Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California. Minimum project requirements: R322 Scientific Diver and experience in cold water diving. P499 Research Underwater Science (3 credits) required.


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