ANSC 448 Tropical Conservation and SCUBA Diving

This Loop Abroad course includes an introduction to the many animals and ecosystems of Northern Thailand as well as coral reef ecology and conservation in Thailand and globally. Students will learn the types, history, threats, and conservation of forests. In addition, students will learn about efforts by both the government and non-governmental organizations to protect forests through logging bans, national parks, and accelerated forest recovery techniques. Students will also learn about community perspectives on the forest including both majority Thai perspectives as well as upland ethnic minority perspectives. After gaining open-water diving certification or providing evidence of current open-water diving certification, students will participate in ecological monitoring and coral restoration dives.