Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management
Turks & Caicos Islands
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In this summer session, students explore the conservation of tropical marine ecosystems in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on these ecosystems, and the importance of ensuring that environmental management objectives take into account community livelihood goals. Students come away prepared to conduct marine research in collaboration with community stakeholders.
Spend the summer immersed in the clear waters and diverse marine ecosystems of the Turks and Caicos Islands. These summer courses can be taken individually (4 credits) or in combination for a total of 8 credits. The combined summer program provides a comprehensive introduction to tropical marine ecology and resource management, as well as field research techniques for addressing conservation questions. Students participating in both sessions receive a $1,000 discount.
Both sessions include the opportunity for snorkeling and diving (for students who are certified) experiences around the island. Session II includes the opportunity to conduct field research.
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.
Week 1: Introductions, orientation, class begins, snorkel/dive, community activities (weekly)
Week 2: Classes and field lectures on coastal ecosystem biology and ecology, visits to local sites
Week 3: Classes and field lectures focused on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), stock assessment field exercise, write-up and presentation
Week 4: Site visits, closing activities
Itinerary subject to change.
A Note about Program Costs
Includes all pre-program advising services, room and board at the field station and on excursions, park entrance and research fees, program-related transportation, emergency evacuation insurance, and official transcript processing.
Does not include international airfare, international medical insurance, medical costs, and personal non-program related expenses.
SFS 3530 Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management (4 credits)
This course is an interdisciplinary course that highlights key aspects of environmental assessment and management of tropical marine ecosystems. In addition, students explore sustainable development strategies for the Turks and Caicos Islands that are successful on a local and global scale. Students gain knowledge of subtropical marine ecosystem function and connectivity, and begin to understand the most pressing challenges at the intersection of marine conservation and economic development. Students learn how to engage in management of local fisheries and coastal development and how to respond to the global phenomena of climate change and ocean acidification.