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Kathy Lockhart

Kathy Baier Lockhart


Turks and Caicos Islands


M.S. in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management
Nova Southeastern University (FL, USA)

B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies
Dana College (NE, USA)

SFS Alum
Turks and Caicos (Summer '93)


SFS 3740 Principles of Resource Management
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 4910 Directed Research
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 3510 Marine Parks Management
(The School for Field Studies)

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Kathy Baier Lockhart

Resident Lecturer in Marine Resource Management and Deputy Director


Professional Affiliations

  • Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism - Scientific Division (Member, 2004 - 2012)
  • Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism - Data Collection Working Group (Member, 2004 - 2012)
  • Scientific Authority Committee, Turks and Caicos Islands Government (2004 - 2012)

Faculty Profile

I initiated my undergraduate at the Dana College in Nebraska, where I had always loved the vast ocean that was many miles from home. In 1993, I participated in The School for Field Studies Program in South Caicos on a summer program. At that point, I was hooked and upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I entered Nova Southeastern University in Florida to study Marine Science. After obtaining my Master’s degree, I lived in Charleston, South Carolina working in a genetics lab for a forestry company. After one year, I returned to the School for Field Studies in South Caicos as the Student Affairs Manager, where I met my husband (Turks and Caicos Islander). After the island life, I worked at the Southwest Florida Water Management District in the SWIM section. There I was in charge of environmental project that ranged from $10,000 to $300,000+. After that brief sabbatical from the island, I returned and obtained employment with the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (Turks and Caicos Islands Government) as a Scientific Officer specializing in fisheries and stock assessment. I was employed with the TCI Government from 2003 through 2012, where I have been able to conduct research on various fisheries that are fished in both commercial and artisanal ways.

My love has always been in the marine environment and I enjoy every day that I can be involved in the South Caicos community as a “belonger”. I continue to work with the fisheries of this small country and enjoy being able to describe and participate with the community and interested parties in studying and discussing the current and potential future plans for the TCI community and marine resources.

Fortunately, I do have a personal life outside of work and if I am not found on site at The School for Field Studies, it is likely that I am involved with my extended family in the TCI as my children grow up fully engaged in the South Caicos life. Persons from back home are often amazed to hear of my children at the ages of 9 and 12 years that currently are able to free dive for queen conch and enjoy showing off their boating skills. South Caicos is truly home for me and I enjoy when visitors get the true island life while visiting.



D. Wilson et al. 2008. Efficacy of starch-iodide Swabs Technique to Detect the Illegal Use of Bleach in a Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) Fishery. Fisheries Research 90:86-91.
T. J. Goreau, T. Fisher, F. Perez, K. Lockhart, M. Hibbert and A. Lewin. Turks and Caicos Islands 2006 Coral Reef Assessment: Large Scale Environmental and Ecological Interactions and their Management Implications. Revista Biologica Tropical. Accepted 13-IIII-2008.
C. Mills. 2009. A History of the Turks and Caicos Islands. MacMillian Caribbean. 300 pg. (Chapter Fisheries of the Turks and Caicos Islands drafted by K. Lockhart).
K. Lockhart, C. de Fontaubert and W. Clerveaux. 2007. Fisheries of the Turks and Caicos Islands: Status and Threats. Proceedings Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 58:67-72
CRFM: Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Report of the 3rd Annual Scientific Meeting: July 2007. Vol. I Appendix 3: The Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) Fishery of the TCI. (pg 25-33) and The Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) Fishery of the TCI (pg 34-40) and Vol. II: pg. 4-10.
K. Lockhart, G. Magnusson and W. Clerveaux. 2006. Consumption of local conch by residents of the TCI. Proceedings Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 57:791-801.
D. Wilson et al. 2006. A Preliminary Assessment of the Efficiency of a Chlorine Bleach Detection Method of Use in Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) fishery of the TCI, BWI. Proceedings Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 57: 859-868.
FAO: Fisheries Report No 826. Fifth Regional. Workshop on the Assessment and Management of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster. September 2006. Group 4. Sub-regional Report: North (TCI) pg. 59-64.
CRFM: Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Report of the 2nd Annual Scientific Meeting: Trinidad, March 2006. Vol. I: Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) Fishery of the TCI: (ISSN: 1995-1426) pg. 43-49 and Vol. II: pg. 9-12.
CRFM: Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Report of the 1st Annual Scientific Meeting: June 2004. Appendix III. National Report of Queen Conch and Spiny Lobster Fisheries in the TCI. pg. 277-280.

Presentations and Trainings

Training workshop: International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT): Data Collection & improvement in the Caribbean Region. 2009.
1st – 5th Annual Scientific Meeting: Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). 2004-2009.
ArcGIS 9.3 Training. 2008.
Wageningen International CD & IC Program. Fisheries Data Collection and Analysis Course. 2007.
Ad hoc Working Group for Data: Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM). 2006.
Fourth Workshop on the Spiny Lobster Fisheries and Management in the WECAFC Area. 2006.
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HAACP TRAINING). 2005.
Coral Reef Crime Scene Investigation (CSI). 2005.
Socioeconomic Monitoring Guidelines for Coastal managers in the Caribbean (SOCMON). 2004.
57th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. 2004.