School for Field Studies (SFS), Marine Resource Studies, Turks and Caicos Islands
- The focus of The SFS British West Indies program is on the development and management of fishery resources and the attractions offered by the spectacular natural marine environment. The Turks and Caicos Islands, major exporters of conch and spiny lobster as well as a popular tourist destination, must determine how to develop and manage the fisheries, parks, reserves, and other human activities for the benefit of residents and visitors without degrading valuable marine resources. Course material is integrated into interdisciplinary case studies, focusing on local environmental problems and resource conflicts.
- Students are registered in four courses: Tropical Marine Ecology; Principles of Resource Management; Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values; and Directed Research. Days are spent in a combination of lectures, field exercises and research. Field work sites include coral reefs and shallow banks, seagrass beds, mangroves, and beach areas. Faculty lectures are supplemented by guest lectures by local experts, government officials, and representatives from the surrounding communities.
- Every student completes and presents the results of a directed research project based on research techniques, statistics, and scientific writing learned at the SFS Center. Students get to know local residents through interviews, social activities and community forums primarily centering around local schools, where they work with high school science and math students.
- Accommodation is provided in shared rooms at the SFS Center.
- Eligibility: At least one course in environmental studies or biology highly recommended. Commitment to understanding environmental issues. Willingness to live and work in groups.
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