Posted: September 10, 2018
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New Semester, New Beginnings

Turks and Caicos Islands

The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies on South Caicos is beginning its first full semester program after the Hurricane Irma and Maria rebuild. And with the new semester comes a new team of faculty members. Here are some quick “bubbles” about our new team!

Franziska Elmer has been working in the Caribbean for a while: she worked for the St. Eustatius National Park, attended NOVA Southern University in Fort Lauderdale, and taught Coral Reef Ecology at the CIEE study abroad program in Bonaire. Franziska is an expert in coral recruitment and reef calcium carbonate analysis and can’t wait to start exciting research on reef growth here in the TCI. Learn more about Franziska here.

Paul Simonin is originally from the northern part of New York State. His graduate work was in fisheries ecology and management, and he is grateful to have now been involved in freshwater and marine fisheries projects in a number of locations around the world. Learn more about Paul here.

Courtney Pickett is from North Carolina and has lived and studied on several islands with small communities in North Carolina. Ocracoke Island, Hatteras Island and Carolina Beach turned her into a real island girl. Her research interests include cultural, economic, social and ecological changes to island communities due to the arrival of new residents and tourists, and she will be leading social science programs here at our Center. Learn more about Courtney here.


Left to right: The School for Field Studies’ Dean Mark Seifert with the new faculty members Courtney Pickett, Franziska Elmer and Paul Simonin.

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