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  • Investment and Nature Working Together March 20, 2024
    New Natural Capital Investment Plan to launch this summer. By Andy Tetlow, International Biodiversity Officer, Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) The environmental landscape of the Turks & Caicos Islands plays a vital role in the country’s tourism-focused economy, providing “ecosystem services” that have a significant impact on communities across TCI.  What are ecosystem services, you may ask? This ...
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  • Conservation and Resilience March 20, 2024
    The Darwin PLUS 129 Project focuses on TCI wetlands. By Christopher May, Samuel Pike, Katie Medcalf, B Naqqi Manco, Dodly Prosper, and Junel Blaise As development steadily progresses throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands, it remains crucial to conserve and protect the areas that make the country “Beautiful by Nature.” The North, Middle and East Caicos wetlands ...
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  • From Surf to Turf March 20, 2024
    Connections between marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Story & Photos By Bill Bigelow, The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands At The School for Field Studies’ (SFS) Center for Marine Resource Studies, I start my research course by posing a seemingly simple question to students: “What is a land crab?” ...
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  • Do the (Bipedal) Locomotion December 18, 2023
    Two-“legged” walking in octopods. By Sydney L. O’Brien and C. E. O’Brien, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos Have you ever seen a walking coconut? If you have, chances are it was actually an octopod, running on two arms across the sand. This may sound like an odd piece of science fiction ...
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  • Diving into Diversity December 18, 2023
    Empowering island youth: Scuba diving as a pathway to marine sciences. By Alizee Zimmermann, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund ~ Photos By Reginald Beckford Jr. Close your eyes. Breathe in. Breathe out. Descend. The light shimmers above, penetrating through crystal-clear water and creating patterns along the sand, rainbows that dance in and out of the schools of ...
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  • Orphaned Oceans December 14, 2023
    Miniature inland seas offer refuge to a rich gallery of marine life. Story & Images By Dr. Eric Cole, Biology Professor, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN Ten thousand years ago the last of the great glaciers receded from the continents in the North, and their meltwaters drained into the ocean basins. Far to the South, the rising ...
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  • Microbial Mats September 22, 2023
    The past and the future intertwine on Little Ambergris Cay. By Rachel Craft ~ Photos By Usha Lingappa Little Ambergris Cay, an uninhabited 1,600-acre island in the Turks & Caicos, is home to birds, turtles, rock iguanas, and more. But the majority of its denizens are hidden beneath the muddy surface of the island’s mangrove swamps. What ...
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  • Iguana Be Left Alone! September 22, 2023
    Why TCI tourists should avoid feeding rock iguanas. By Mel DeBlasio (Yale University), Libby Dube (Western Washington University), and Anna Templeton (University of Vermont) ~ Edited by C.E. O’Brien, Ph.D. (The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands) Visitors flock to the Turks & Caicos Islands to enjoy the white sand, ...
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  • Finding A (Nemo)ne June 21, 2023
    The fascinating relationship between red snapping shrimp and corkscrew anemones. By Charlotte Kratovil-Lavelle (Dickinson College) and Clara Masseau (University of Colorado) ~ Edited by C.E. O’Brien, Ph.D. (The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands) Courtesy of Disney’s Finding Nemo (2003), many of us are familiar with the way clownfish make ...
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  • Cleaning Stations March 28, 2023
    The five-star marine restaurant and spa. By Hope Milo, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia ~Edited by C.E. O’Brien, Ph.D., both from The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands Coral reefs are well known for their abundance and biodiversity, teeming as they are with multitudes of organisms hovering over heads of ...
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  • Redefining Reefs March 28, 2023
    Reef balls offer one way to protect coral reefs. Story & Photos By Rachel Craft On a recent trip to the Turks & Caicos Islands—my first visit, and hopefully not my last—I discovered that half of the Islands’ beauty lies underwater. I swam with hawksbill turtles at Smith’s Reef, spotted moray eels at Bight Reef, and nearly ...
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  • A Whale of a Project March 28, 2023
    Monitoring the presence, distribution, and behaviour of humpback whales. By Katharine Hart MSc., Cathy Bacon MSc., Turks & Caicos Islands Whale Project, and Amy Avenant, TCI Department of Environment & Coastal Resources ~ Photos by Katharine Hart, Deep Blue Charters, under SRP #2021-12-29-26 The Turks & Caicos Islands Whale Project (TCIWP) is a collaborative project between TCI’s Department of ...
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  • Spikey Boys December 25, 2022
    The importance of having urchins. By Alizee Zimmermann, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund With flickers of iridescent blue, elegant spines of obsidian black, five self-sharpening teeth (yes, you did read that right), and an ample appetite, the long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum) might just be the most interesting creature you didn’t know would fascinate you. A deep dive ...
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  • Home is Where the Food is December 25, 2022
    The Flamingo tongue snail:  Predator and parasite By Corinne Pita (University of Michigan) and Julia de los Reyes (Yale University), The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos ~ Photos By Dr. C.E. O’Brien It’s easy to conjure images of predation: a lion pouncing on its prey, an owl hunting for mice, a spider entwining ...
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  • Building on the Past December 25, 2022
    DECR debuts two exciting new projects. By B Naqqi Manco,  Assistant Director of Research and Development, DECR When you love something, there’s always a fear. Parents fret about their children, homeowners worry about their fortresses, and collectors obsess over the security of their hoards. For those of us who love our work, that concern translates into anxiety ...
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