Research

Students take in sights, science of San Salvador during spring break

Students studied the science behind the land and water of San Salvador, an island district of the Bahamas. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Tropical paradises such as San Salvador Island, Bahamas, are a frequent spring break destination for college students. But for students in a Penn State marine biogeochemistry course, the spot is teeming with research projects related to the physics, chemistry, biology and geology of the coastal region.

 

Sixteen students recently returned from their spring break trip dedicated to research and educating local students on the science behind the beauty that surrounds them. In the Geosciences 410: Marine Biogeochemistry course, students took part in lessons focused on the region’s water, ecosystem, geology and more.

 

Moon Rock Pond is one of the many sites chosen for its geology and topography. Here are some of the sites showcasing the unique and picturesque geology of San Salvador Island.

Using an underwater camera, Kate Suchanec, a senior majoring in earth science and policy, followed this sea turtle during a snorkeling excursion with the class.

Tropical paradises such as San Salvador Island, Bahamas, are a frequent spring break destination for college students. But for students in a Penn State marine biogeochemistry course, the spot is teeming with research projects related to the physics, chemistry, biology and geology of the coastal region.   

From iguanas to sea stars, the Island offers a close look at coastal life.