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OEB51 Panama Field Trip

OEB 51 is an undergraduate course on The Biology and Evolution of Invertebrate Animals, taught by Cassandra Extavour and Gonzalo Giribet. An important part of the course is a field trip to the Smithsonian Field Station at Bocas del Toro in Panama. We spend an entire week there, collecting invertebrates in the ocean every day and bringing them back to the laboratory for examination every afternoon and evening. Some of our students are experienced divers and some of them have never seen an ocean before, but no matter what their background, by the end of the week they are all expert marine invertebrate field biologists! Click the links below to see images of our adventures and the organisms we encounter in Panama.

Bocas del Toro 2014

Bocas del Toro 2012

Bocas del Toro 2011

Bocas del Toro 2010

Bocas del Toro 2009

A map of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago of Panama is shown below. The marine station that we are based at during our class is at the bottom of the large island at the top, Isla Colon, close to the airport symbol.

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