The Virginia Military Institute is pleased to present a Tropical Marine Biology summer program in Ambergris Caye, Belize. 

Dates:  June 4 - June 11, 2016

2016 Cost: $2400, excluding airfare (Subject to BOV approval)  

Fees include tuition, in-country accommodations, three meals/day, a day trip to the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha, and in-country transportation. International airfare and incidentals are not included.           

Program Director 

Professor Deanne Moosman and Major Paul Moosman will serve as Program Directors.  In addition to having taken courses at the research station in Belize, Deanne completed an internship there in 2003.


Requirements: BI-101 & 102 and PE-101 (or by instructor approval). Applications must be received no later than 18 December 2015.

Program  (BI-352)

Belize Marine TREC is an organization dedicated to research, education and conservation. Students will experience an intense hands-on field course where they will study marine life by snorkeling coral reefs and coastal mangroves.  Additional field experience will include seining sea grass beds and observing and identifying species in sandy and rocky shore habitats.  Students will also have the opportunity to travel to the mainland of Belize to experience and explore Mayan culture.

Room and Board 

The Belize TREC facility is a converted hotel consisting of a number of 2, 3 and 4 person rooms situated around the perimeter of a fresh water swimming pool. Rooms are clean, functional, and include a private bathroom. Meals are served family style, in a dining room which also serves as a communal gathering room with books and games. Lunch, drinks, and snacks are provided on the boat for the all day trips.

For more information please contact either Professor Deanne Moosman or Major Paul Moosman.