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South Africa Reef and Bush 

with a Tiger Shark Project

  January 15 - 24, 2021

The science team will be adding a 10 day research excursion and you are invited to join us! Space is VERY limited on this session of the Reef and Bush Program. 

    Tiger sharks off the South African coast will be accessible in January. We decided to take advantage of the open travel to South Africa after a long shutdown in 2020 from COVID19. 

NOTE: All persons traveling to South Africa are required to present proof of a negative COVID19 test within 72 hours of the first flight to the country's border. You are responsible for checking the travel requirements, visas, and COVID protocols for your travel.


 The PDF in this section has all the details for this session. 

Who:  Anyone who can swim and is interested in participating in marine and terrestrial research.

What: Reef, shark, and safari studies with you as part of the science team.

Where: South Africa's reefs and bush ecosystems

When: SOON! January 15-24, 2020 for this session to include tiger sharks in addition to the                     Reef and Bush program.

Why: To collect data in support of conservation. To make opportunities available to interested,                conservation minded people to be a part of a science team.

How: Register. Read the PDF attached here. Get yourself to Durban Airport. Upload the required documents in this section. Pack for the adventure (don't forget your camera!!!! We suggest a small voice recorder as well.). Book travel to home. 

Fees:   This session only - $2,765 USD   This session fully refundable if 1) Travel to South Africa is closed by the government of South Africa, or 2) the minimum enrollment is not met for this program.

     REMINDER: do not purchase travel to South Africa until you are notified that the program has been filled.




Reef  Bush info and itinerary MCERC2021-2022.pdfReef Bush info and itinerary MCERC2021-2022.pdf

OPEN ENROLLMENTCoastal Resources Management  


This dynamic course will allow you to have a hands-on experience of coastal ecosystems in coastal areas.  Field experiences will take the group through beaches, salt marshes, mangroves, coral reefs, and rocky shorelines.You will learn field techniques to understand the ecological importance of the biological, chemical, and physical factors within and among these systems. We will initiate discussions and work together to identify flora and fauna species within each ecosystem.

Dates: June 2020

Program fee$1525 USD per week non-refundable and includes all expenses related to field work and administration fees.  

Registration: Click on the course title to enter course and register through Pay Pal during open enrollment. You do not need a Pay Pal account to register. You do need to be signed in to the Education Hub to register for courses.

OPEN ENROLLMENTCoastal Ecosystems - Evaluating 

           Impacts to Coastal Health


You will focus on the impacts (historical and potential) of events including; hurricanes, sea level rising, tsunami, and anthropogenic and the anticipated outcome with compromised versus healthy ecosystems. This becomes a course that assesses the impact to adjacent habitats using mangroves as a starting point. We go back out to the same sites, or others, and look at adjacent habitats and the impacts (immediate and long term) to coastal resources. This is still a field techniques course but the emphasis is on adjacent habitats and impacts to marine and coastal resources. We can discuss this during round table on a local, regional , and global scale.

Dates: June 2020

Program fee: $1525 USD. This fee is non-refundable.

Registration: Click on the course title to enter course and register through Pay Pal during open enrollment. You do not need a Pay Pal account to register. You do need to be signed in to the Education Hub to register for courses. You will be required to sign the release form before participating in the program. Please take the time to retrieve the release form from the Home Page of this Education Hub and review it prior to enrollment.

Be sure to download and review the Student Contract from the Home Page in the Main Menu block.

You are exceptional…

… and you need to stand out among large groups of applicants for a professional position. Marine sciences are especially competitive and your chance of getting that all-important interview is highly dependent on your ability to communicate effectively. Your Letter of Interest, curriculum vitae (CV) or resume, and conversations via email, are often the only mechanism you will have to introduce your qualifications to a potential employer, future graduate adviser, or internship mentor.

CV Seminar will be held in 3 sessions.

Click on the "CV Seminar Description" document above for dates, details, and current course fee.

CV Seminar details and description.pdfCV Seminar details and description.pdf

Protected Species Observer Certification

40 hours in 8 days


Protected Species Observers (PSO) are required for industry and research where the potential to disrupt the activities of marine species must be mitigated. This course will prepare people with a background in a related science to perform the skills needed to be a qualified PSO.


The content of this program has been reviewed by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management & deemed compliant under BOEM NTL 2016-G02. and "Appendix A: Seismic Survey Mitigation and Protected Species Observer Protocols"


Next Session:

Dates October 26, November 02, 2020. All assignments due November 07, 2020

Live Class Meetings (Mandatory): October 26, 28, 30, and November 02

All live class meetings are held 13:00 hrs. - 17:00 hrs. Eastern Time (Boston, USA)


Prerequisites:  A minimum of a bachelor's degree in marine biology, ecology, zoology, wildlife and fisheries, or other related science. If you are enrolled in a college or university in one of the related sciences, and would like to participate in this course, you will be awarded a course participation certificate indicating the course is complete upon graduation. 


You MUST have a reliable computer with a camera and a microphone (most smart phones work well!) to be able to participate during classroom time and upload the assignments. Reliable internet is required.


Be sure to download the pdf  for this module for more details. The student contract (available for preview on the Home Page) is required for all participants in MCERC programs.

The program fee:


Cost of the program …………………………….                                      $475 USD

Support from MCERC academic funding resources……                       $125 USD

Your cost ……………………………………….................                       $350 USD*

The program fee is nonrefundable to allow the program fee to remain low and available to many who wish to have this career training.


Enrollment will remain open until two days before this class session begins or until the class if filled. 



PSO course description.pdfPSO course description.pdf