French Polynesia

Tetiaroa Geodatabase Project

EVST 285

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Enrollment limit

Limited Capacity

Course fee


Included in course fee

Roundtrip airfare, all accommodations, food, ground and boat transportation.

Course Description

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in exotic French Polynesia! Our research takes place on Tetiaroa—Marlon Brando’s atoll—where we will complete high-resolution drone aerial photo-imagery of the ground-nesting bird island, Tahuna Iti. Snorkel and dive in the sunken volcano crater of the atoll lagoon while taking coralline core samples to date the island geomorphology. Participate in bird and sea turtle census plots. Collect living specimens and observe marine life in the flow-through aquaria. A new shoreline delineation of Tahuna Iti and its rat-infested neighbor island, Rimatu’u, will update the changing configurations of their respective shorelines. From Tetiaroa, we will move to the South Pacific
Research Station on Moorea, exploring the rainforest, coral reefs and biogeography of this magnificently beautiful island. The research on Tetiaroa will provide a baseline measurement of the impacts of sea level
rise on these low-relief islands.  See the following StoryMap publication for more background information: .   
For more information about Tetiaroa and the South Pacific Research Station, visit: and

Suggested Prerequisite

SPA-110 OR EVST 220 or 255 OR BY PERMISSION. Other field biology,
photography or other pertinent experience will be considered. Open for contract/evaluation.