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* Dolphin Behavior & Physiology in Honduras
Roatan, Honduras (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter Break
Budget Sheets Winter Break
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2018 09/08/2017
Rolling Admission 01/06/2018 01/13/2018

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Fact Sheet:
Grade Point Average:
2.5 (2.8+ perferred)
Language(s) of Instruction:
Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Natural Sciences Recommended Programs: Biological Science and Zoology
Program Description:

Dolphin Behavior and Physiology

in Honduras


This field program offers an 8 day research experience to Roatan, Honduras, where students will study animal behavior, animal physiology and conservation methods through the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences.  Classroom lectures and informal discussions provide the framework to develop an understanding of the subject matter.  Fieldwork allows student to develop the skills necessary to conduct preliminary research. 

Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: January 6-13, 2018 

CREDITS: All committed students will be registered for BZ 482B: Dolphin Behavior & Physiology (2 credits) through CSU's Division of Continuing Education. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the spring term.

COST: See Budget Sheet for details. The program fee includes tuition and fees for 2 credit hours, round-trip international group airfare, accommodation in shared hotel rooms at  Anthony's Key Resort, local transportation, program excursions, 3 meals/day, international health insurance, and on-site support, orientation, and education abroad administration. Program fees do NOT INCLUDE: books and supplies, passport and fees, immunizations, or personal expenses 

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Shane Kanatous, Associate Professor, Biology Department in the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor Approval. Good disciplinary standing. 

Academic Overview

The Dolphin Behavior & Physiology field course in Roatan, Honduras is designed to introduce students to the study of animal behavior and the behavioral assessment of physiology using a combination of lectures, readings, discussion, and hands-on research with a captive dolphin population. Lectures will focus on understanding animal behavior and physiology from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Readings and discussion focus on current research and methodology. Fieldwork allows students to develop skills necessary to conduct behavioral assessment of physiology and animal behavior research; and to demonstrate these skills by participating in independent research with senior scientists at the field location(s). The field component for your Animal Behavior course is planned to be at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (Roatan, Honduras). 

Course Objectives
Students will be able to: 

  • Contrast the unique physiological adaptations of marine and terrestrial mammals
  • Interpret an organism's form and function in relation to the physical properties of the marine environment
  • Organize the diversity of marine mammals into their ecological roles
  • Describe and discuss food webs from primary producers to apex predators
  • Demonstrate the importance of marine mammals in maintaining marine ecosystems
  • Critically and effectively debate and discuss the influence of human populations on marine mammals
  • Recommend new avenues for the preservation and management of marine mammals
  • Be able to discuss the evolutionary history of marine mammals


Roatan is a small island located 27 miles north of the Honduras mainland. The program works in partnership with the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) whose primary objective is the preservation of Roatan's natural resources through education and research.  RIMS is ideally situated for marine study on the northwest coast of Roatan where over 30 miles of fringing and barrier reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and shorelines are home to an astonishing profusion of life. RIMS is located at Anthony's Key Resort.  Teeming with colorful marine life, the spectacular reefs around Roatan and near the resort are ideally suited for snorkellers. 

Housing and Meals

Participants will be housed in shared rooms at Anthony's Key Resort.  All meals are included!


The Dolphin Communication Project
Anthony's Key Resort
Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences
International Medical and Evacuation Insurance