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SFS: Turks & Caicos Islands, Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management (Summer) (Third Party)

Session I: Tropical Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management

The Program

The British-governed Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) lie at the southeastern end of the Bahamian archipelago. The turquoise waters surrounding TCI are abundant with marine life and are considered to be among the world’s top 10 diving locations. Nearly 50 species of corals as well as spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, sharks, groupers, snappers, and dolphin fish are easily spotted in the clear, warm waters just steps away from our field station. This relatively intact and healthy ecosystem supports much of the community on South Caicos Island, with fisheries providing the primary source of livelihood. However, pollution and increased extraction of precious marine resources, coupled with large-scale, unsustainable tourism and industrial development is very likely going to inflict irreparable damage to this delicate ecosystem. Depletion of key resources would have a dramatic impact on employment and social structure on South Caicos Island. Developing sustainable fishery is essential if this resource-dependent community is to survive.

Research Focus:
Students explore the effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPAs) in defending biodiversity and critical habitats, enhancing stocks of queen conch and spiny lobster, and contributing effectively to the socioeconomic sustainability of the local community. Students support the work of our clients and stakeholders, who range from local fishers to members of key government agencies. Our goal is to collect data from the field in order to influence policy recommendations, MPA management plans, and community projects.

Session II offers a multi-day, digital media production workshop, for no additional cost, covering the basics of digital media production and the art of capturing the earth sciences. Michael Hanrahan, SFS alumnus and founder of the Ocean Channel and the Environmental Media Institute, will offer you the opportunity to shoot and edit your own movie, snap underwater photography, inspire you to seek out important environmental stories, and create media campaigns to reach a wide audience.

The Academics

Summer students are registered in one academic course accredited through Boston University:  Marine Ecosystems: Monitoring and Management (4 credits)

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
MARN 4893 Foreign Study: Applied Marine Research Techniques SFS 3560 Applied Marine Research Techniques 4 12/31/2020

The Experience

The Center for Marine Resource Studies, located just steps from our crystal clear ocean laboratory, is adjacent to Cockburn Harbour, a town of about 1,100 residents. The field station sits on elevated land about 40 feet above the water and looks directly out over the sea. Within a three-mile radius are coral reefs, mangrove islands, sea grass beds, carbonate platform flats, and deep water diving. The main facility has a dining area, kitchen, classroom, library/computer room, and a veranda with spectacular ocean views. Students share living quarters in two residence wings. We are fully equipped for marine operations with access to docks, motor boats, a commercial compressor, and plenty of tanks and weights for SCUBA diving and snorkeling.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

  • Location: Cockburn Harbour, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Environmental Studies, Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.6