Shark Week in the Turks & Caicos Islands

Dr. Aaron C. Henderson Resident Lecturer in Marine Ecology The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies Shark research at the SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies (CMRS) began back in 2005, and since then we have learned a lot about the ecology of the juvenile lemon sharks that inhabit the shallow coastal waters around South [...]

From Kelp Forests to Coral Reefs

Name: Tamsen Byfield, Ph.D. Position: Resident Lecturer in Marine Resource Management Program: Marine Resource Management Studies, Turks & Caicos Islands Life in South Caicos forms its own universe, far from cafes, bookstores, movies, and fresh summer peaches. Wild donkeys and horses meander down streets, into private yards, past the dive shed, onto the school’s volleyball [...]

Community Outreach on South Caicos

Name: Molly Roe Position: Student Affairs Manager Program: Marine Resource Studies, Turks & Caicos Islands Students are back into the swing of things here on South Caicos after the field trip to North and Middle Caicos and the mid-semester break. Case Study 2 and Directed Research have both started, so the days are academically busy. [...]

Incredible Opportunities Through Research

Name: Eric Fallon School: University of San Diego Major: Biological Sciences Program: Marine Resource Studies, Turks & Caicos Islands The student reunion back at the Center after a short mid-semester break was bittersweet for everyone; we were all glad to be in familiar territory with the intimacy of South, but all secretly knew of the [...]

Study Abroad Exports You to the Expertise

Name: Edd Hind, Ph.D. Position: Resident Lecturer in Environmental Policy & Socioeconomic Values Program: Marine Resource Studies, Turks & Caicos Islands That’s a pretty arrogant title, right? The home colleges of The School for Field Studies (SFS) students have many excellent lecturers, leaders in their fields, who deliver challenging and engaging curricula on a daily [...]

Alumni Profile: Kate Mansfield

Dr. Kate Mansfield TCI Spring’ 91 is a marine scientist and sea turtle biologist at the University of Central Florida. She and her team have recently published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B on the whereabouts of baby sea turtles during their “lost years”—the time spent between hatching on the beach and [...]

To Catch a Turtle

Name: Maria Mills School: Gonzaga University Major: Biological Sciences Program: Marine Resource Studies, Turks & Caicos Islands I went in the field to tag turtles for the first time last week, half expecting to not catch anything. The professors keep telling us that often the group doesn’t even see the animal we’re looking for, and [...]

NOAA Social Coast Forum: Exploring the Values of the Coast

by Kayla Clark SFS Alum, Turks & Caicos Islands Spring ’13 Senior at Smith College Sarah Stanley and I were seeing each other for the first time since our semester studying together at The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies. Now we had ten minutes before our presentation at the National Oceanic [...]

Sea Day at Brings the Underwater World into our Center

Name: Heidi Hertler, Ph.D. Position: Center Director Program: Marine Resource Management Studies, Turks & Caicos Islands We typically go to the sea to learn about it and it’s organisms, but this week we brought the sea to the Center for “Sea Day.” This event brings Grades 1 through 4 from the local schools to the [...]

Goodnight, Readers!

Name: Maggie Jones School: Gonzaga University Major: Biological Sciences Program: Marine Resource Studies, Turks & Caicos Islands The South Caicos locals greet each other in the evening with a “good night,” instead of using the phrase for a closing to a conversation. The subtle initial differences in culture have started to make their presence. For [...]

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