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Fld App Mar Sci: Assm Crl
Rf H
OCB 2262C
This course will equip students
with the basic skills for assessing a
coral reef habitat using the RECON
method. The RECON method is a low-
tech, rapid monitoring protocol for
SCUBA divers. It is considered “low-
tech” because the only equipment
needed to conduct RECON is a
special data sheet attached to a
slate with a pencil and 10-meter
survey line. This method is “rapid”
because once you have learned
how to correctly perform a survey;
you should be able to complete
a RECON survey during a 40-45
minute dive with a dive buddy.
The RECON Program assesses the
health of certain large (at least 25 cm
diameter) stony coral, identifies their
major stressors and characterizes
their habitat. There are 4 levels of
RECON certification: RECON I diver:
This requires 2-3 hours of classroom
time, 2 supervised training dives
and 2 supervised survey dives. The
student must also receive 80% on
the RECON Level 1 Exam. RECON II
diver: Complete 6 surveys conducted
with a RECON-certified dive buddy.
RECON III diver: Complete 10
surveys and receive 80% on Level 2
exam. RECON Instructor: Complete
10 surveys and complete RECON
Instructor training (includes 2
additional surveys) + receive 90% on
RECON Level 2 exam. For this course
all participants will be expected to
achieve Level III with Instructor status
available for those that meet the
requirements. This course will have 2
lecture contact hours per week (=30
contact hours per semester) and
2 lab contact hours per week (=30
contact hours per semester).
Dolph Stud & Field Exp I
OCB 1311
This introductory program surveys
a wide range of knowledge,
theories and ongoing research
concerning marine mammals, animal
husbandry, operant conditioning
training practices and related issues,
including instruction specific to the
facility and its resident dolphins.
This course offers students a unique
opportunity to gain career oriented
hands-on experience in dolphin
husbandry and training, including
diet preparation; how to feed,
reinforce, and maintain established
behaviors all under the guidance
of accomplished animal trainers.
Students will reside at the Dolphin
Research Center on Grassy Key.
Course requirements center on
active participation in the course
and passing comprehensive end of
course exam.
Dolphin Lab
OCB 1301C
This introduction to the biology
of the dolphin surveys cetacean
taxonomy, anatomy, physiology,
pathology, stranding, capture, health
care, nutrition and training. Students
will reside for a full week at the
Dolphin Research Institute on Grassy
Key. Course requirements center
upon a 3,000 word journal.
Dolphin St & Field Exp II
OCB 2313
The class delves more deeply into the
fields of behavioral science, animal
care and training. The course allows
students to build on the knowledge
they acquired during the Marine
Mammal Care & Basic Training
and begin focusing on training
new behaviors, exploring animal
enrichment and contemplating
more complex issues surrounding
marine mammal care. Students will
implement a training plan they have
developed to train a new behavior
to a dolphin. Public speaking skills
will also be developed as students
learn how to present dolphins and
their training experiences to the
public. At the conclusion of the
course, students will showcase the
new behaviors they have trained
for Dolphin Research Center guests
in a formal, narrated presentation.
Students will also explore animal
enrichment through directed
activities implemented with our
dolphins and sea lions. Under the
guidance of our staff, students
will create enrichment toys and
activities for the animals and present
these activities and toys to the
animals throughout the week and
observe the animals’ reactions. In
order to better understand training
differences between species and
the need for flexibility in advanced
training techniques, students will
also apply their knowledge of
training principles by teaching a
new behavior to a canine Dolphin
Lab participant. Each student will
individually develop a training
plan for the behavior to be trained,
participate daily in regularly
scheduled sessions with his/her
canine partner, and demonstrate
progress to DRC staff at the end of
the week.
Dolphin Studies, Ed & Curr
Exp
EDG 1030
This introductory program surveys
a wide range of knowledge,
theories and outgoing research
concerning marine mammals, animal
husbandry, operant conditioning
training practices and related issues,
including instruction specific to the
facility and its resident dolphins.
This course offers students a
unique opportunity to gain career
oriented hands-on experience in
dolphin husbandry and training,
including diet preparation; how
to feed, reinforce, and maintain
established behaviors all under the
guidance of accomplished trainers.
Students will reside at the Dolphin
Research Center on Grassy Key.
Course requirements center on
active participation in the course
and passing comprehensive end of
course exam.
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