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The School for Field Studies / SFS: Turks & Caicos - Marine Resource Studies
Snorkeling and SCUBA diving in the waters surrounding South Caicos, students learn field research and monitoring techniques to identify and assess the health of a wide range of marine organisms and habitats. Students learn to identify and observe ... read more
I learned that I want to spend the rest of my life working with corals and scuba diving!! I also learned that I can thrive in rustic living conditions. SFS CMRS is 100% worthwhile and I would do it again in a heartbeat! A student - Clark University - Worcester
How to talk to people about difficult topics. Working with the locals and helping change their perspective on sustainability. A student - Brandeis University
I learned a lot not only about the marine environment but about the Turks and Caicos Islands and the people that live there. It was a very intensive program that fully integrated you into the community and the environment. A student - Brandeis University
It is not possible to list all that i gained and learned from my experience abroad. Not only did I learn factual information about my host country, the Caribbean and my field of study, but I also learned practical knowledge about how to be a scientist, write different types of reports, analyze and present data, and teach. Addit... A student - Fairfield University
Confidence in myself and much improved science-writing skills Liz W - Austin College
It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, solidifying my interest in marine biology and field research. It was not an experience that I would have gotten anywhere else. Karissa L - Clark University
Yes! It was great. It made me completely infatuated with the ocean. Serena G - Clark University
My experience was wonderful. I am a journalism major previously only interested in marine conservation as a hobby/interest, but now I hope to shift my focus more towards using my journalism degree to promote marine conservation. Alexis B - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
My semester sparked my enthusiasm for ocean conservation and marine biology. I bought home countless experiences that I could not have done while at my home institution, friends that I would not have otherwise met, and a foundation for a future in marine biology. I couldn't be happier. Chase G - Davidson College
It was an amazing experience and while it wasn't always perfect it was the challenging parts that made the overall experience so great. Tricia W - University of Denver
I was able to confront a lot of stereotypes, both about Americans and about the Caribbean lifestyle. I occasionally have to defend my study abroad program to others, because it certainly was academically challenging, as well as in a beautiful environment. Like I said, I'll be going back to school partly because of how SFS inspir... Jen C - New York University
Yes, most definitely worthwhile. I took away a new love for the ocean and was humbled by the experience of living on a developing island. Katherine W - Hamilton College
yes. i highly disliked my program, but being on the island was unreal. living in the caribbean for three months changed the way i interact with the world now. bridget k - Clark University
Studying abroad in the Turks and Caicos was a very worthwhile experience. I loved the opportunities for experiential learning and field work, as well as the opportunity to conduct research. A student - Wellesley College
Everything. It was absolutely great. Traci H - Wellesley College
I learned so much from this experience! This program was very academically oriented and I felt like I learned so much more with all the hands on experience! The locals were always fun to be around and being next to the ocean and all the marine wildlife was spectacular! I would do it again in a heartbeat! A student - Austin College
I gained a lot of experience about different research techniques, as well as a lot of strategies to live more simply. It was definitely worthwhile and I would love to go back! Kat M - University of San Diego
Impacted my cultural understanding and gave me field experience in marine research Laura S - Dickinson College
This experience re-excited my love for Marine Science and made me look at the world in a totally new way. It made me realize how much I want to do field research! Amanda G - University of San Diego
It was a major cultural exchange and I found a new love...SCUBA diving! Logan B - Skidmore College
What I loved the most was being able to be in the water and out in the field everyday. In addition, I really enjoyed interacting with the local community through basketball, swim lessons, and evening activities. I am currently working for the National marine fisheries service as an at-sea monitor on commercial fishing boats,... Aubrey E - Franklin & Marshall College
I have become more open to trying new things and jumping into them. I am much more of an environmentalist now as well. Sarah C - Smith College
My experience in the Turks and Caicos was amazing. I loved having the opportunity to live in and learn about the island and the country as a whole. There are so many things about it that you could only learn by experiencing yourself. Linda V - Clark University
I gained technical knowledge (snorkeling, scuba diving with data collection purpose), hands on knowledge about marine ecology (fish identification, ecological understanding of the marine environment) and awareness of some of the political/social complications involved in managing marine resources. It has added insight into my fu... Simone S - Austin College
The experience was worthwhile, but wasn't fulfilling academically. The experience is also heavily dependent on the people and group that you're with, and I feel that aspect could be something some people would not like. Jane P - Wellesley College
Snorkeling and SCUBA diving in the waters surrounding South Caicos, students learn field research and monitoring techniques to identify and assess the health of a wide range of marine organisms and habitats. Students learn to identify and observe the behavior of marine species, assess coastal and marine habitats, and quantify fisheries resources through hours of training, observation, and study in the water.
In the community, students grapple with the challenges of assessing the rights and needs of local stakeholders and reconciling those with conservation goals. Fisheries management and market engagement require considered analysis of the costs and benefits of species protection, fishing techniques, and market dynamics, all in the context of global and national markets and policies. Assessing the feasibility and ecological viability of resource management and habitat conservation options, and their associated social and economic implications, brings students face-to-face with the real-life dilemmas for governmental regulators and the residents of South Caicos.
TCI has an extensive network of 34 protected areas, but little is known about their function and effectiveness. With the Admiral Cockburn Land and Sea National Park and East Harbour Lobster and Conch Reserve on their doorstep, students evaluate the concept and practice of marine protected areas (MPAs) as a resource management tool. Students help monitor the condition of the spectacular coral reefs, both inside and outside the MPAs, using scientifically rigorous monitoring techniques.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Environmental Studies
- Environmental Science
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology
- Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
- Environmental Biology
- Marine Sciences
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