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. Below, you will find information on pricing, obtaining research permits, and current and past research conducted on Andros.
2018-2019 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 intern for driving and site navigation and fuel.|
|Boat Rental||$200 for up to 4 hours and $300 for up to 8 hours||Forfar intern 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 intern 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 look at 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 intern on Andros Island, initiated the coral propagation site with Dr. Craig Dahlgren. Located near the field station, 100 fragments of elkhorn, staghorn, and fused staghorn coral species were planted on a line nursery. Due to some damages from Hurricane Irma in 2017, there are currently 80-90 intact coral fragments ready to be out planted. These corals will be planted near snorkel sites to show students our conservation efforts up close.
Collaborative Research: The Tropicalization of Western Atlantic seagrass beds
The Smithsonian Marine Station has paired with IFS on Andros to examine the effects of climate change on biotic interactions and ecological structure. They will examine how species interaction (i.e. species ranges and food web dynamics) are influenced by the tropicalization of these habitats. This research will quantify the disruptive effects on the ecological functioning of a wide-spread seagrass, turtlegrass, and thus, the impacts on foundational habitats as our climate continues to change.
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 the spreadsheet of past research below to see the range of studies recorded.