F&ES Explores the Caribbean

F&ES Explores the Caribbean

This spring break, I traveled to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands for the course FES 729b: Caribbean Coastal Development: Cesium and CZM taught by faculty members Gaboury Benoit and Mary Beth Decker.

In this course we studied the effects of land development, management issues, and waste treatment on the health of the overall environment.

Below are some photos from our trip:

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Students investigate the rocky intertidal zone near Bovoni Bay.


We hiked through the mangals to test water and collect sediment samples.


A green Sea Turtle spotted while feeding on sea grass in Brewers Bay.


Students prepare for a dive and snorkel excursion to view the coral reef by Flat Cay.



TF Dave Jaekel jumps into the waves at Magen’s Bay after a day of work.



Second-year Zena Grecni drives a boat to our snorkel destination.


Second-year Josh Fain wades into the waters of a local mangrove sanctuary.



Students and Professor Decker learn about stream and gut ecology.


Students explore the ruins of an old Danish sugar mill in Botany Bay.


Professor Benoit and students examine a housing development project in Botany Bay.


First-years Lara Iwanicki and Jules Luthringer pose for a selfie at St. Thomas’s own desalination plant.

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Students hike through a gut to better understand a local watershed on St. Thomas.

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Second-year Gator Halpern dives down to examine a coral reef.


(Photos by Julia Luthringer)