Diversity Project 2013

Students training in Amed, Bali during the Marine Ecology section of a 10-week summer course. The Diversity Project is an international undergraduate research program for under-represented groups in the biological sciences. Students from Historically Black colleges in the US and from across Indonesia train to become certified scientific divers, study marine ecology and learn how to document and quantify the mind-blowing diversity that exists on the coral reefs of Indonesia using molecular techniques. The ultimate goal is to help understand the origins of biodiversity in the Coral Triangle. This project is funded by the UC-HBCU Initiative and the National Science Foundation with faculty from Udayana University, UCLA, SDSU, MLML, Smithsonian, NOAA and Hampton University. June 2013. Photos: Sara Simmonds