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  • Locations: South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

SFS TURKS & CAICOS: MARINE RESOURCE STUDIES (SEMESTER)

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PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Credits: 16 semester-hour credits
  • Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science, 2.7 GPA, 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Fall: May 1st. Spring: November 1st. 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 still largely untouched by tourism and development. Don your wetsuit and get to know a host of marine life while conducting research on coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and mangroves. 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:
  • Explore hidden beaches and one of the Caribbean’s largest cave systems on a multi-day expedition to Middle and North Caicos. Tour an old cotton plantation and learn about Indigenous histories on the islands.
  • PADI SCUBA certifications are available on this program.

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 five-minute walk brings you to the small, historic town of Cockburn Harbour, where students and faculty frequently engage in community activities.

RESEARCH THEMES

  • Marine ecology and conservation
  • Climate change and ocean acidification
  • Approaches to sustainable tourism and fisheries
  • Marine resource management
  • Traditional island livelihoods
  • Coral health and resilience
  • Costal management
  • Marine protected areas
 

CORE SKILLS

  • Coral health assessment
  • Marine species identification
  • Underwater transects and quadrats
  • Video and photo tracking
  • Marine survey techniques
  • Habitat and biodiveristy assessment
  • Ecosystem services valuation
  • Research design and implementation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research presentation
  • PADI certification (at an additional cost)
 

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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
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Approximate Decision Date (Subject To Change) Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 04/01/2024 04/01/2024 TBA TBA
NOTE: The deadline listed is for REGISTRATION with the Reves Center! The application itself will be due to the third-party provider or host university directly, based on THEIR deadlines (which may be before or after the W&M registration deadline).