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SFS: Turks & Caicos: Applied Marine Research Techniques (summer)
South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer,
Summer II
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2019 01-APR-2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 01-APR-2019 ** 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:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.6
Open to Non-UVa Students:
No Housing: University dormitory
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Field Study/ Experiential
Tuition Payments Made To:
Program Provider
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Yes
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Yes
Subject Area:
Anthropology, Biology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Foreign Affairs, Geography, Geology, Sociology
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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