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History of
Berlin
By Dr. Robert Larson
on creatures found in reefs, lagoons,
turtlegrass beds and mangrove swamps.
They studied how the organisms’
distribution is a reflection of their
physical and chemical make-up.
The crew experienced life in the
field, participating in two to three dive
trips each day along the reefs to explore
coral diversity and reef health. Their
wide array of subjects included sponges,
squid, octopus, sea turtles and a variety
of tropical fish.
Scuba diving was probably the best
part,” said Dacin Kemmerer ’14. “It
was amazing being under the water and
swimming with all of the life we had just
learned about in class. We’re all so used
to just seeing things behind a glass.”
Fifteen bottlenose dolphins live at
RIMS, where the students had access to
a dolphin training and research facility.
They heard lectures on dolphins’ ecology
and physiology and were then able to
snorkel with the dolphins.
Two other special diving trips were
part of the package—a night dive and an
optional shark dive. Students also had the
opportunity to explore a shipwreck, take
a tropical forest ecology tour and go on a
zip-line canopy tour through the island’s
central highland, ending at the sea with a
night snorkel.
We witnessed everything from the
transiting of Venus across the sun to
sharing a sunken ship with giant black
groupers and a moray eel,” said Zeb
Buck ’12. “The bioluminescence under
the sea at night is a spectacle you must
see to believe.”
Twelve of the 16 students who
traveled to Roatan were SCUBA
ew cities have experienced
the extremes of power,
wealth and influence on the one
hand and utter desolation on the
other as has Berlin, Germany.
All of this history and more was
opened to 11 Lycoming students
during a May Term excursion
that offered three weeks in
this great city, experiencing its
excitement and variety.
From exhibits commem-
orating the 300th anniversary of
the birth of King Frederick the
Great of Prussia, numerous royal
palaces and major art galleries
to the darkest side of German
history – the exhibition on the
grounds of the former Gestapo
certified by the Professional Association
of Diving Instructors. Even before their
course began, they were training in the
Loyalsock Creek in preparation.
Since 1984, Zimmerman has made
24
trips with Lycoming students. He
and his wife, Gail, a certified biology
teacher, served as directors of the
Hoftstra University Marine Lab in
Jamaica. When the lab closed in 2005,
he used a professional development
grant to complete an eight-day workshop
on tropical marine ecology at RIMS.
Following this workshop, he organized
Lycoming’s first May Term trip
to Roatan in 2007.
Headquarters, the
Memorial to the
Murdered Jews
of Europe, and
Sachsenhausen
concentration
camp – and finally
to remnants of the
Berlin Wall, the
group was on the go
almost every day.
One of the major
economic, technological, cultural,
educational and political centers of
Europe before the First World War, Berlin
was a scene of total destruction after the
Second World War and then a pawn of
the Great Powers for 40 years of the Cold
War. For the last 20 years, it has been one
of the great building sites of Europe as
old neighborhoods were restored and new
ones built.
Editor’s note:
Guides for the trip were
Larson, professor of history, and Dr. Len
Cagle, assistant professor of German.
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Dacin Kemmerer ’14
Zeb Buck ’12
Brittany Buckley ’12
Students in front of Sanssouci, King Frederick the Great’s
summer palace in Potsdam
Students at Rheinsberg, Frederick’s pre-kingship residence