Field Tropical Marine Biology (September 2007)

Faculty and friends interested in tropical marine biology enjoyed this eight-day field trip to Roatan Island in Honduras. Classroom presentations were augmented with diving and snorkeling excursions. Daily activities included snorkeling, diving, photographing, and surveying in shallow reefs, sand flats, and seagrass beds.

classroom classroom

(Left) Group members enjoy a tropical marine biology class. (Right) The group gathers for a photo at a house in French Harbor.

hermit crab researchhermit crab radio tracking

(Left) Ernie Schwab and Carley Leggitt prepare a hermit crab for research. (Right) A radio tracking device is attached to a hermit crab for monitoring.

hermit crab research Romeos

(Left) Erik Schwab, Leroy Leggitt, Carley Leggitt, and Ernie Schwab prepare hermit crabs for monitoring. (Right) The group enjoys a meal together at Romeos.

rocky shorestudy time

(Left) Rocky shoreline at Roatan. (Right) Taking some time out from diving to do some studying.

Condylactus giganteayellowtail damselfisy

(Left) Condylactus gigantea. (Right) Yellowtail damselfish juvenile Microspathodon chrysurus.

Laura Steve

(Left) Laura Nyirady. (Right) Steve Nyirady.


(Left) Ken Wright. (Right) Sabine and Steve Dunbar.

Steve and lauraDiving Giant Sponges

(Left) Steve and Laura Nyirady. (Right) Diving near giant sponges.

cushion sea starcoral shrimp

(Left) Cushion sea star, Oreaster reticulatus. (Right) Banded coral shrimp, Stenopus hispidus

branching tube spongespnge brittle stars

(Left) Branching tube sponge, Pseudoceratina crassa (Right) Sponge brittle stars, Ophiothrix suensonii in Pink vase sponge, Niphates digitalis.

Pillar coraldiving buddies

(Left) Pillar coral, Dendrogyra cylindrus. (Right) Diving buddies.

exploring depthsal levitates

(Left) Exploring the depths. (Right) Al Thunquest practices aquatic levitation.

bearded firewormjerry lynette javier

(Left) Bearded fireworm, Hermodice carunculata. (Right) Jerry Rivinius, Lynette Rivinius, and Javier Elenes.

spiny lobstergorgonian coral

(Left) Spiny lobster, Panulirus argus. (Right) Gorgonian Coral.

sharks earth's inner space

(Left) Caribbean grey reef sharks. (Right) Exploring the earth's inner space.

hermit crabwhite-faced monkey

(Left) Semi-terrestrial hermit crab, Coenobita clypeatus. (Right) White-faced monkey.

jeryy lynnette churchgroup leaves

(Left) Jerry and Lynette Rivinius speak at church. (Right) The group prepares to leave Roatan.