Global Opportunities

In addition to opportunities to spend a semester abroad in Tangier, Morocco or Seville, Spain for the same cost as studying at UNE's Maine campuses, you may choose from three travel courses—a spring semester course that visits Panama and a fall semester course that visits Belize, both led by Dr. Jeri Fox, and a Spring semester course that visits the Galapagos Islands, led by Dr. Kathryn Ono. To enroll in these courses, you must submit an application to the Global Education Program


BIO 421 Conservation & Ecology of a Caribbean Island

Dr. Jeri Fox

This course covers topics in the history and geology of the Caribbean with an emphasis on the island of Boca del Toros in Panama and includes topics such as terrestrial, island and marine biodiversity, and the ecology and evolution of populations. Discussions include the impact of an agriculturally-based economy versus a tourist economy on the environment in general and the reef in particular. The course examines NGOs and international environmental treaties, and focuses on particular national and international conservation approaches using the Caribbean as an example. Other topics include community-based management and local wildlife policies, the history of the establishment of a rainforest as a natural preserve, ethno-botany, and the natural history of the region. 

The course culminates with ten days of travel and field work in Panama at the end of May. Activities in Panama include snorkeling on reefs, canopy access training, caving, a tour of the Panama Canal Zone, and lectures by the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation faculty.

  • Brochure
  • Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor


BIO 421 Marine Topics: Coral Reef Studies

Dr. Jeri Fox

Dr. Fox presents an in-depth study of the biology and taxonomy of corals while examining the ecology of the coral reef system, and the future of reefs. The course concludes with a field lab carried out entirely on the reefs of Belize in January. You snorkel in the beautiful lagoons of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserves. The group is housed in a remote field station on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye with access to the reef ecosystem, mangroves, sea grass beds, and jungle. 

  • Brochure
  • Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor

Galapagos Islands

MAR 451 Natural History and Evolution of the Galapagos Fauna

Dr. Kathryn Ono

Imagine earning advanced biology credits while cruising aboard a private yacht in the Galapagos Islands. This 4-credit course meets throughout the spring semester on UNE's Biddeford Campus, then travels to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Archipelago, May 21-31, to cruise throughout the islands and conduct the field lab.

The lecture portion of the course is designed to familiarize you with the biota of the Galapagos Islands, as well as with island history, ecology, and the behavior and evolution of the islands' animals.

Following the successes of the 2009, 2011 and 2013 expeditions, the course continues to be offered every other year. You trace the steps of Charles Darwin whose 1831 exploration of the archipelago inspired his revolutionary theory of evolution. While exploring the islands, previous participants have encountered blue-footed boobies, Galapagos tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions and Antarctic penguins.