This summer, Brown University will visit the MarineLab in Key Largo, Florida to explore tropical marine ecology and conservation in a group of like-minded peers. Throughout the week, students will explore coral reefs and mangroves.
In Florida, students will be assessing the collective impacts of global climate change, human interaction, and extreme weather events.
Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) combines concepts in environmental studies, ecology, and leadership, with a mission of developing socially responsible leaders. At BELL, students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to create positive change on environmental issues facing their local communities and the planet as a whole.
Areas of Focus:
- The impact of climate change on sensitive ecosystems and research
- Direct and indirect impacts of severe weather
- Managing multiple user groups in sensitive ecosystems
- Mangrove observation and ecology
- Socially-responsible leadership
- Sustainable restoration of coral reefs
Daily activities include lab work, field observations, classroom discussions, leadership workshops, and time for team-building, recreation and reflection.
Students will be staying in dormitory-style housing at the MarineLab. Students will be housed with 3-12 peers, separated by gender identity, and will sleep in bunk beds. Staff lives on site and is available to the students 24 hours a day for support and supervision. The MarineLab campus is also a gated facility. The MarineLab also has indoor classrooms and labs, a recreation center, indoor bathrooms, a cafeteria, and areas to relax or play games during free time. The classrooms, cafeteria, and dormitories are all air conditioned.
Cost and Session Information
July 10 - July 17
July 19 - July 26
Students at BELL are expected to reduce their cell phone use. We ask students (and families) to limit cell phone use to evening free time.
Students will spend at least one hour on a boat almost every day. Students do not need to be skilled swimmers to participate in this program but must be comfortable wearing a life jacket and eager to snorkel.
Your program fee includes:
- Tuition for the course
- All lodging as part of the course
- Breakfasts, lunches, dinners
- All transportation, field trips and site visits as described in the program description
- Transfer from/to airport on day of arrival and departure
Not included in Program Fee:
- Air travel to/from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Textbooks and classroom supplies
- Pre/post-program accommodations
- Additional spending money
A Non-refundable Application Fee (payable securely by credit card within the Student Portal) is required.
- Before 3/1/2019: $50
- 3/1/2019 to 4/29/2019: $75
- 4/30/2019 and after: $100