Bermuda; An International Venue for Undergraduate Geological Research
The base of operations for these investigations has been the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and/or the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ), both excellent facilities with professional staffs. Research on Bermuda has also included collaboration with scientists and personnel at BIOS, BAMZ, the Bermuda Ministry of Environment, the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) and the Geological Survey of Canada. All have put undergraduate students in direct contact with scientists performing cutting edge research in geology, marine geoscience and geochemistry, Quaternary paleoecology and global climatic change. Examples of specific projects include investigations of the fire history of Bermuda as recorded in peat sediments, atmospheric fallout of Saharan dust on the island, carbonate contributions to Bermuda via Sargassum, carbonate producing organisms, determining the composition of constituents in the limestone bedrock and pairing Colby undergraduates with Bermudan secondary school students to enhance geoscience education. Government and private organizations on Bermuda have been extremely forthcoming in their support by supplying resources, personnel and equipment for these varied research projects on the island and surrounding ocean.