The spectacular reefs and turquoise waters of South Caicos serve as laboratories for research and field work in this summer session. Students apply the scientific process to a local environmental issue related to the management of tropical marine ecosystems—identifying a problem, collecting data in the field, and presenting results.
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: Discussion of research needs in TCI, experimental design, and research methods
Week 3: Field surveys and data collection, data handling and assessment
Week 4: Group presentations, 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 3560 Applied Marine Research Techniques (4 credits)
This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the scientific process in a field research project addressing a local issue related to the management of tropical marine environments. This course prepares students to develop scientific approaches to identify key problems affecting the health of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests that surround the island. Students learn to implement the scientific research process while contributing to a growing body of research that informs local marine conservation and resource management decisions.