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Study rain forests, ruins and reefs this summer: NOVA course takes students to the tropics

May 21, 2008

Biology professor Jill Caporale plans to take students to Honduras this summer to study tropical rainforests, barrier reefs and Mayan ruins.

“The 10-day trip begins on July 23 when we will travel to the mainland of Honduras to visit Mayan ruins in Copan and a rainforest at Pico Bonito,” said Caporale, who teaches at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. “Then we will catch a ferry to the island of Roatan where we will spend a week snorkeling and studying the coral reefs at the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences.”

Everyone is welcome to enroll in “Field Studies in Tropical Biology,” including NOVA students, students who attend other colleges and non-traditional students.

“This is a great way for college students to earn four credits for a lab science and it’s also a wonderful professional development opportunity for educators. Teachers at all levels who want to bring the tropics into their classrooms are encouraged to participate,” Caporale said.

The cost is $2,600 for land and air, with tuition additional. Class size is limited so interested people should contact Caporale at for details as soon as possible.

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