Conduct Research at Forfar
Forfar Field Station has acted as a research center and home base for countless teams of researchers over the years. Forfar offers a great central location on North Andros and is fully equipped to help you accomplish your research goals. For more information about our accommodations and facilities, please visit the Forfar Field Station page or contact us with any questions. Below, you will find information on pricing, obtaining research permits, and current and past research conducted on Andros.
2019-2020 Researcher Pricing
Be sure to contact the office for an official trip quote and invoice. Trip dates fill up fast so if you have specific dates in mind make sure you contact us promptly to reserve a spot for you and/or fellow researchers! Trip reservations require a $200 deposit which will be put towards your total trip cost.
|Forfar Guests||Cost||What's Included|
|Researcher||$100 per night or $75 per night for stays of 14+ nights||Food, lodging and access to our facilities and research lab/classroom.|
|Vehicle Rental||$100 for up to 8 hours and $150 for up to 12 hours||Forfar staff for driving and site navigation and fuel.|
|Boat Rental||$200 for up to 4 hours and $300 for up to 8 hours||Forfar staff for operating the boat and site navigation and fuel.|
|Non-Forfar Guest||Cost||What's Included|
|Vehicle Rental||$150 for up to 8 hours and $225 for up to 12 hours||Forfar staff for driving and site navigation and fuel.|
Obtaining a Research Permit
Based on the type of research you're performing, there may be several different permits required by the Bahamian Government. Please carefully review this blog post for more information about the types of research permits required and how to obtain them.
Ongoing Conservation and Research at Forfar
Coral Propagation Site
Tyler Fountain, a former staff member on Andros Island, initiated the coral propagation site with Dr. Craig Dahlgren of the The Perry Institute for Marine and Reef Rescue Network. Initially 100 fragments of elkhorn, staghorn, finger coral and fused staghorn coral species were propagated on a 4-line nursery. Unfortunately due to damages from Hurricane Irma in 2017, a line was lost but there are still currently 70-80 intact coral fragments.
Since then, we have added two more coral nursery “trees” to our site allowing 100 additional coral fragments to be propagated. These corals are growing wonderfully and we have successfully outplanted around 150 fragments back onto the reef. We will continue to maintain our propagation sites and outplant coral fragments on an annual basis. Our coral outplants have been strategically planted at some of our snorkel and dive sites to allow our students to see our conservation efforts up close!
Collaborative Research: The Tropicalization of Western Atlantic seagrass beds
IFS partnered with the Smithsonian Marine Station on an NSF funded project starting on Andros in April 2018. The project is examining the effects of climate change on biotic interactions and ecological structure.
Andros is one of 13 sites in the Thalassia Experimental Network (TEN), collaborating with other partner institutions in the Western Atlantic. Using a large-scale manipulative experiment, the network will quantify how temperature and light interact with grazer effects on the dominant tropical seagrass, turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum). The project will quantify the disruptive effects on the ecological functioning of turtle grass, and thus, the impacts on foundational habitats as they are increasingly tropicalized by our changing climate.
After successfully running this project on Andros for 12 months preliminary data analysis is well underway, check back for updates and publication of initial results!
Past Research on Andros
Research encompassing topics from marine ecosystems to geology and sustainability have been ongoing on Andros since the 1920's. Check out our spreadsheet of past research to see the range of studies recorded.