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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 ... Read more about this post
  • 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 ... Read more about this post
  • 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 ... Read more about this post
  • Surviving the Storm September 30, 2022 The effects of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease on TCI reefs. By Heidi Hertler, John Debuysser, Autumn Zwiernik, Katie Tanner, Alyssa Landi, Hayley Newman and Morgan Rose, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos Coral reefs are one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically productive ecosystems on the planet. They are aesthetically ... Read more about this post
  • Farming Coral on Land September 30, 2022 Gene bank pilot nursery started. By Don Stark and Alizee Zimmermann, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) arrived in the Turks & Caicos Islands in 2019. This Caribbean and Tropical Atlantic-wide disease has devasted reefs throughout the region. It has affected over 30 species of stony corals — the big reef building ... Read more about this post
  • Birds of the Sea June 24, 2022 Endangered rays are a piece of TCI’s living history. By Sydney O’Brien, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos The waters of the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) are picturesquely colored in different shades of blue, green, and turquoise. and abundantly filled with life. The whitespotted eagle ray, known by the ... Read more about this post
  • Making Climate History June 24, 2022 TCI hosts inaugural Climate Change Summit. By Amy Avenant, Environmental Outreach Coordinator, DECR and Oshin Whyte, Executive Officer and Environment Policy Lead, Governor’s Office Climate Change. These two words have gained traction in popular consciousness since the release of the first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report released in 1988. The IPCC is currently in its Sixth ... Read more about this post
  • Helping the Humpback March 29, 2022 Protecting one of the Islands’ biggest natural wonders. By Katharine Hart and Cathy Bacon, Turks & Caicos Islands Whale Project Photos By Katharine Hart, Deep Blue Charters Each winter, hundreds of North Atlantic Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) travel thousands of kilometers from their summer feeding grounds in colder waters to the turquoise shallows surrounding the Turks & Caicos ... Read more about this post
  • Flamingo Flamboyance March 26, 2022 The relationship between the salt industry and the American flamingo. By Skylar Wuelfing, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies Looking out across the salt flats of the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), one can often spot a flamboyance (or large group) of brightly colored birds known as American flamingoes (Phoenicopterus ruber). These ... Read more about this post
  • TCI Coastal Culture Values January 4, 2022 Culture. What is it? And why should we care? By Oshin Whyte If you had told me a year ago that I would be moving back home to the Turks & Caicos Islands (after living in England for six years) to study culture, I would most likely think that you are having a laugh. My earliest memory ... Read more about this post
  • Food for Thought . . . Not Iguanas January 3, 2022 How does tourism impact the endemic TCI Rock Iguana? By Devyn Hannon, Jacqui Taff, Sedona Stone, Maddie Adkison, Lily Finn, Amber Johnson, Abbey Stewart, Luke Monteiro, Kerry Bresnahan and Morgan Karns, The School for Field Studies Edited by Julia Locke, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies Hiking in the Turks & Caicos Islands: bright sunshine, stunning ocean ... Read more about this post
  • If Rocks Could Talk . . . September 11, 2021 Their story would be fascinating. By Carmen Hoyt, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies After how many birthdays do you stop keeping track? If it’s any consolation, the Earth is 4.54 billion years old and still going strong. 4.54 billion years . . . think about it. A billion is difficult to grasp, not to mention four ... Read more about this post
  • Here with a Roar! September 11, 2021 A tenacious invader now calls the Turks & Caicos home. By Ben Farmer, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies I was on a drift-dive in southern Florida when I speared my first lionfish. There, I began to understand the difficulty of controlling this species which is invasive to the tropical Atlantic and devastates reef fish populations. ... Read more about this post
  • Sponging It Up June 22, 2021 The hidden beauty of sponges. Story & Photos By Melissa Heres, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies Sponges, in my humble opinion, are likely the most underrated of all marine organisms. Often underappreciated and tossed aside as a bathing accessory or the feature of children’s TV shows, sponges don’t necessarily come to mind when one thinks ... Read more about this post
  • A New Hope? June 22, 2021 TCRF tests alternate, non-antibiotic treatment against SCTLD. Story & Photos By Alizee Zimmermann, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund From wreaking havoc on the Florida Reef Tract to now threatening the stony coral population of reefs in 17 countries and territories, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) is proving itself to be the most aggressive, virulent and indiscriminate ... Read more about this post

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