Tropical Marine Ecology

Marine Biology Course

Undergraduate (MARB 340)- 4 credit hours

Graduate (MARB 656)- 3 credit hours

2013 Course Schedule:

July 10th- July 15th: Preliminary study in Galveston

July 16th - July 30th: 2 week field work in Akumal, Mexico

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Thomas Iliffe, Professor of Marine Biology

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Phone: (409) 740-4454


 Dr. Iliffe

Discover the wonders of coral reefs, mangrove islands, sea grass beds, caves, and exotic tropical marine ecosystems through scientific field study with Dr. Thomas Iliffe, Professor of Marine Biology.

Course Benefits: 

Earn college credit and gain valuable research experience.

Increase your diving expertise and learn about biodiversity, ecology, and conservation issues specific to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Hop, skip, or swim your way to the Caribbean in style and safety with Texas A&M at Galveston and the Maine Biology Department.

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The Caves of the Yucatan

Animals of the Yucatan

Cenotes of the Yucatan

Field work location- Akumal, Mexico

Course Description:

Tropical Marine Ecology is a 14 day field course to be held on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula conducted from July 16th to 30th, 2013. This field-oriented experience in lush, tropical ecosystems emphasizes biological conservation and ecology issues for this tourist destination of Mexico.

A week-long preliminary course (from July 10th-July 15th) in Galveston will prepare students for the field lab and international journey.


Group of swimmers



It is important to have training and previous experience to stay safe and get the most of the Tropical Marine Ecology course. Introductory biology and open water SCUBA certification are required to join. Scientific diver certification is recommended. For any issues, please contact Dr. Iliffe for questions or approval for alternative cases.

Registration and Costs:

Course availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Rachel Ball ( ) 740-4531Our goal is to keep costs low for students and maximize time in the field.

For prospective TAMUG students, please visit the TAMUG Admissions and Records office for information about becoming a Sea Aggie.

What costs are associated with this Tropical Marine Ecology?


Airfare, all living expenses, transportation costs while in Mexico

Student dependent              



Registration deposit


Dr. Illife and microscope