Fishermen, Western Province

This is a three-week course on island ecology, evolution and conservation offered through the Study Abroad program at the University of Miami. Through lectures, field observations and experiments, students will learn the basic principles of island ecology, evolution and conservation. In addition, students will participate in community outreach programs (i.e., grass roots conservation) and on-site field research.
SI Field Course 2013 at Tenaru Falls, Guadalcanal Island (from left to right): Daniel Franco, Christine DeSilva, Joey "Sepo" Cimaglia, Floria Mora-Kepfer Uy, Brian Coffman, Nicole Swanson, Jason Sardell and Al Uy
The women of Santa Catalina dress Nicole Swanson (front) and Christine Silva (back, with the grin) in traditional banana suits during the spear-fighting festival in Santa Catalina Island to celebrate the New Year and pana harvest.
Not to be deterred by bad weather, Joey Cimaglia, with the help of Barnabas Taka, take precious field data during a small downpour.
Nicole Swanson, Al Uy and Daniel Franco survey Nasuragina River for invertebrates as an indicator of levels of pollution.
Nicole Swanson, Joey Cimaglia, Christine DeSilva, Daniel Franco, Brian Coffman and Floria Mora-Kepfer travel by boat to Frigatebird Island. "The Miami" is manned by John Murray, one of our local counterparts in Makira Island.
Floria Mora-Kepfer with students conducting a survey of butterflies on Frigatebird Island.
The locals welcome Floria, Brian, Daniel and Christine to Frigatebird Island.
Students go for a dip underneath Tenaru Falls.
Sunset at Star Harbor, Makira Island, as seen from Santa Catalina.