TURKS AND CAICOS SEMESTER: MARINE RESOURCE STUDIES
- Terms: Fall, Spring
- Credits: 16 semester-hour credits
- Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science; 18 years of age
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
- Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
Spend a semester on the island of South Caicos, where spectacular marine ecosystems are largely untouched by tourism and development – for now. Don your wetsuit and conduct research on coral reefs, seagrass meadows, underwater mangroves, and a host of marine life. Evaluate fisheries resources and policies while collecting data that helps community members balance their rights and needs with the island’s conservation goals.
- Go snorkeling and/or diving in the clear waters around South Caicos to conduct marine species identification and coral bleaching exercises.
- Tag sea turtles in the field and collect morphological data to gain an understanding of behavior and population dynamics.
- Take an excursion to the islands of Middle and North Caicos to explore the variety of ecosystems in TCI, including caves, tropical forests, and protected wetlands.
THE FIELD STATION:
SFS students live and study at the Center for Marine Resource Studies. The Center is a small converted hotel overlooking the crystalline waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Spectacular sunsets, open-air facilities, warm sunshine, and a refreshing ocean breeze define this marine field station. A 5-minute walk brings you to the small, historic town of Cockburn Harbour, where students and faculty frequently engage in community activities.
- Climate change and ocean acidification
- Tourism impacts
- Commercial fisheries
- Coral health and resilience
- Marine protected areas
- Environmental education
- Coral health assessment
- Marine species identification
- Acoustic tracking
- Research design
- Data collection
- Scientific writing and presentation
CONNECT WITH SFS
Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
Follow SFS on Instagram
Watch student videos on YouTube
Why study in the Turks and Caicos Islands?
- conduct biological/environmental field research as part of an interdisciplinary team
- learn about the unique marine ecosystem of a Caribbean island
- help local government, community, and tourism developers with recommendations for economic, social, and ecological sustainability
Open to all majors, and of particular interest to students in:
Global Development Studies
Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell
At least one semester of biology or ecology required. Commitment to understanding environmental issues. Willingness to live and work in groups.