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  • Locations: South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Program Terms: IOP Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UCM Deadline Campus Decision Date Start Date End Date
IOP Summer 2020 02/21/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.60 Language of instruction: English
Housing options: Dormitory / affiliated residences Click here for a definition of this term Areas of study: Anthropology, Biological sciences, Earth and space sciences, Economics, Environmental studies, International studies, Sociology, Zoology
Program Description:
 

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APPLIED MARINE RESEARCH TECHNIQUES,
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session II
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session I)
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 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

This course enables students to apply the scientific process in a field research project that addresses a local issue related to the management of tropical marine environments in Turks & Caicos Islands. Students learn how to develop a scientific approach to identify risks to the health of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove stands that surround the island. These risks include both local phenomena such as overfishing and increased coastal development, as well as global issues like climate change and ocean acidification.

The spectacular reefs, turquoise waters, and island community of South Caicos serve as the laboratories for studies and field work. Research sites, field exercises, and excursions include:
  • Exploring coral reefs, fringe and island mangrove ecosystems, and extensive seagrass meadows
  • Touring current coastal development projects and seafood processing plants
  • Attending skills workshops, including stakeholder engagement and science communication
  • Examining anthropogenic impacts to nearshore ecosystems
  • Valuing ecosystems of TCI for coastal planning decisions


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