Students take in sights, science of San Salvador during spring break

April 04, 2019

Tropical paradises such as San Salvador Island, Bahamas, are a frequent spring break destination for college students. But for students in a Penn State marine biogeochemistry course, the spot is teeming with research projects related to the physics, chemistry, biology and geology of the coastal region.

 

Sixteen students recently returned from their spring break trip dedicated to research and educating local students on the science behind the beauty that surrounds them. In the Geosciences 410: Marine Biogeochemistry course, students took part in lessons focused on the region’s water, ecosystem, geology and more.

 

Moon Rock Pond is one of the many sites chosen for its geology and topography. Here are some of the sites showcasing the unique and picturesque geology of San Salvador Island.

Using an underwater camera, Kate Suchanec, a senior majoring in earth science and policy, followed this sea turtle during a snorkeling excursion with the class.

Geosciences 410: Marine Biogeochemistry: An underwater view

Tropical paradises such as San Salvador Island, Bahamas, are a frequent spring break destination for college students. But for students in a Penn State marine biogeochemistry course, the spot is teeming with research projects related to the physics, chemistry, biology and geology of the coastal region.  

From iguanas to sea stars, the Island offers a close look at coastal life.

The course, which has also had its spring break component in Jamaica, the Florida Keys and other parts of The Bahamas, always features a service-learning component.

Here Penn State students gives lessons on the ocean’s ecosystem.

“This is a unique experience for students because they get first-hand experience with a wide variety of distinct aquatic environments in a very small area, including coral reefs, caves and saline ponds,” said Raymond Najjar, professor of oceanography, who taught the class along with Lee Kump, professor of geosciences and dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

  • Bahamas flying in

    The Bahamas from the air.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated April 04, 2019