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  • Locations: Cockburn Harbor, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Fall 2019 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 09/02/2019 12/11/2019
Spring 2020 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
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Program by Theme: Human Ecology, Sustainability and Environment Subject Areas of Interest: Biology, Environmental Studies, Global Development Studies, Policy Studies
Language of Study: English Campus Program Advisor: Vince Eckhart
OCS Contact: Alicia Stanley Housing: Dorm
Program Description:

TURKS AND CAICOS SEMESTER: MARINE RESOURCE STUDIES


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • 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


OVERVIEW

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.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • 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.


RESEARCH THEMES

  • Climate change and ocean acidification
  • Tourism impacts
  • Commercial fisheries
  • Coral health and resilience
  • Marine protected areas
  • Environmental education
 

FIELD SKILLS

  • Coral health assessment
  • Marine species identification
  • Acoustic tracking
  • Research design
  • Data collection
  • Scientific writing and presentation
 

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CONNECT WITH SFS

Visit the SFS website
Call the Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418
Email admissions@fieldstudies.org
Read updates from the field on the SFS Blog
Follow SFS on Instagram and Facebook
Watch student videos on YouTube and Vimeo
 


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:
Biology
Environmental Studies
Global Development Studies
Policy 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.