AT SEA ABOARD GERONIMO
The Geronimo program offers a unique educational experience in marine biology by combining classroom learning with the opportunity to participate in scientific research in the field. As part of the Marine Science program, Geronimo has been involved in gathering data for studies conducted by the National Marine Fisheries and the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research. While sailing offshore and in the Bahamas, Geronimo students get hands on experience capturing and tagging sea turtles and sharks. The information gathered by the students is used by leading scientists to study migratory habits, population dynamics and growth rates of these organisms.
Within the last decade, two comprehensive studies, U.S Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission, have concluded that immediate action is necessary if the oceans are to avoid irreparable damage. and call for a new era of ocean literacy that prepares todays children to be tomorrows stewards. Towards that goal, Geronimo students study the environment that surrounds them. They receive instruction in physical and biological oceanography, meteorology, fisheries management and the complex relationships between resource utilization, management, and conservation in the Greater Caribbean Basin and the United States.
In the summer months, Geronimo students are engaged in a summer marine biology program working with the Bermuda Sea Turtle Project . The focus of this study will be a population density study of the Hawksbill sea turtle. Hands-on science is core to this unique summer marine biology program.
In many cases, participation in the Geronimo program has led students to pursue advanced study and careers in oceanography, marine science and related maritime careers ( architecture, law, marine policy).
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