The School for Field Studies program in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) of the Caribbean is well-suited for students who want a hands-on study abroad program that examines issues of marine resource management. These British-governed islands are major exporters of conch and spiny lobster, and reef degradation and depletion of the fisheries has impacted the livelihood of the local community. Students live at the SFS Center on the South Caicos Island overlooking the sea where they frequently snorkel and dive with SFS faculty to learn about the marine habitat and fisheries. For the Directed Research project near the end of the semester, students work in teams conducting research related to on-going SFS studies on topics such as lobster and conch stock levels, coral diseases, and sea grass habitats.

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Delbert Hutchison

Fields of study:

Tropical marine ecology, resource management and environmental studies


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement);Completion of at least one college-level ecology or biology course. Competent swimming ability required.

Semesters Offered:

Fall or Spring Semester (single semester only)


September-December; February-May


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Tropical Marine Ecology (4 credits)
Principles of Resource Management (4 credits)
Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values (4 credits)
Directed Research (4 credits)


Rustic accommodations at the SFS Center


Provided by SFS at their Center




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