Semester

Marine Resource Studies

Turks & Caicos Islands

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Snorkeling and scuba diving in the waters surrounding South Caicos, students learn field research and monitoring techniques to identify and assess the health of a wide range of marine organisms and habitats. Students learn to identify and observe the behavior of marine species, assess coastal and marine habitats, quantify fisheries resources, and analyze implications of fishery policies. With the Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park and East Harbour Lobster and Conch Reserve at their doorstep, students evaluate the concept and practice of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In the community, students consider the challenges of assessing the rights and needs of local stakeholders and reconciling those with conservation goals—real-life dilemmas faced by governmental regulators and the residents of South Caicos.

LEARN ABOUT PADI SCUBA CERTIFICATIONS AVAILABLE ON THIS PROGRAM
 

Spring 2018 Applicants: Due to the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, SFS has canceled the Spring 2018 Turks & Caicos semester and will resume normal programming for the Summer 2018 sessions. Applications are being accepted for Summer 2018 and Fall 2018. Read more.

 

Language:
Coursework is taught in English
Credits:
16
Prerequisites:
One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science

Semester


Location

Caicos Islands - Turks and Caicos Islands


Fall 2017

August 28 - December 6

Closed

Spring 2018

January 29 - May 9

Closed

Fall 2018

August 27 - December 5

Open


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Price

Tuition:

$18,270

Room & Board:

$5,580


?   Total Cost:

$23,850

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Academics

TCI SFS Web (112) FIELD SKILLS

What You'll Study


  • Marine ecology and conservation
  • Environmental impact assessment and monitoring
  • Traditional livelihoods
  • Marine Protected Areas assessment and management strategies
  • Sustainable tourism practices
  • Sustainable fishery practices
  • Small-nation governance of resources
  • Valuation of natural resources

What You'll Practice


  • Marine species identification and population monitoring
  • Biodiversity assessment and estimation
  • Quantitative & qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Research design and implementation
  • Scientific writing and oral presentation
  • Snorkel and scuba skills

PADI Open Water Diver Certification available at an additional cost, upon request

Student Research Projects


  • Coral resilience in South Caicos reefs
  • Size changes over time in commercial finfish species
  • Habitat utilization by local shark populations
  • Importance of the environment to youth in South Caicos
  • Impacts of increased tourism on island habitats


LEARN MORE

Center for Marine Resource Studies


Turks & Caicos Islands

Students attending this program will be based at the SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies in South Caicos Island in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Click here to find out more about the Center and life at the field station.

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