DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY IS CLOSELY MONITORING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Updated April 27, 2020
With all of the impacts of the COVID-19 virus, we are closely monitoring the impact that it can have on our field quarters. At this time, the application for the Spring 2021 Moorea MBQ is officially live! Please visit the following link for the application: https://forms.gle/tuhfBzT5yEbejhXt8.
The application will be live until May 11, 2020 at 3PM. No applications will be accepted past 3PM on that date.
We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring reported developments of the virus and have student health and well-being at the forefront of our planning. We remain whole-heartedly committed to our students and to offering once-in-a-lifetime outdoor field experiences.
Instructors: Dr. Peggy Fong, Dr. David Jacobs
MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER – MOOREA, FRENCH POLYNESIA
The Marine Biology Quarter (MBQ) is a field program that gives advanced undergraduates an opportunity to gain intimate and first hand knowledge of marine communities, their constituents and their structure. It is also designed as a real world training experience in devising and carrying through to completion scientific research projects in marine biology.
Four 4-unit courses (16 units total) will be taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, located in Moorea, French Polynesia.
Spring Quarter 2021 MBQ Courses will include:*
EE BIOL106: Experimental Marine Invertebrate Biology
EE BIOL123A: Marine Ecology
EE BIOL124A: Field Ecology
EE BIOL148: Biology of Marine Plants
*Approved students will be enrolled in these courses by the EE BIOL Undergraduate Office.
REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITES (Pre-requisites do not need to be completed prior to applying.)
Life Sciences 1 or Life Sciences 7B
EE BIOL 109 – Introduction to Marine Science (offered Summer 2020, and Fall 2020)
EE BIOL 109L – Introduction to Marine Science Laboratory (offered Summer 2020, and Fall 2020
Statistics 13 (or equivalent course)
Dive certification through UCLA’s dive program recommended but NOT required. Proficiency at snorkeling is vital; we recommend that it is mastered prior to departure, but it can be learned in the field.
Priority consideration will be given to qualified Marine Biology and other EE BIOL majors.
The cost of the MBQ will be the regular quarterly registration fees plus additional fees to cover the cost of room and board and travel ($3500-$4000). Financial aid students may be able to revise their 2020-21 budget and apply for additional funds to cover the cost of the MBQ. If you have a University Housing contract (includes dorms, University Apartments) for the 2020-21 academic year, you will need to contact the UCLA Housing Office to revise your housing agreement for Spring Quarter 2021. Moreover, students with non-University rental and lease agreements will need to make necessary adjustments to their agreements.
The cost of the MBQ ($3500-$4000) will be due on three separate dates (dates TBA). If your final payment is not received by the due date, you will not be allowed to participate in the MBQ. More detailed information about the due dates will be forthcoming. Please be aware that the cost of the MBQ is in addition to your regular Spring Quarter 2021 regular quarterly registration fees.
Applicants selected for a personal interview will be contacted by the EE BIOL Undergraduate Office.
Assuming health concerns subside and we are allowed to restart normal operations, the plan is to proceed with the application, interview, selection, and overall planning process of the Spring 2021 Moorea MBQ.