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

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Tyler Fountain, a former staff member on Andros Island, initiated the coral propagation site with Dr. Craig Dahlgren and Reef Rescue Network. Initially 100 fragments of elkhorn, staghorn, finger corals and fused staghorn coral species were planted on a line nursery. Since then we have also added two more coral nursery “trees” to our site allowing for more corals to be propagated. These corals are growing wonderfully and we have successfully outplanted around 150 fragments back onto the reef. We will continue to propagate and outplant coral fragments on an annual basis. Our coral outplants have been 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

Andros Seagrass Site

IFS has paired with the Smithsonian Marine Station in an NSF funded project on Andros, starting in April 2018. This project is examining the effects of climate change on biotic interactions and ecological structure. Andros is just one site of many in the Thalassia Experimental Network (TEN) with 11 other partner institutions across the Western Atlantic. The network 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 Thalassia testudinum, and thus, the impacts on foundational habitats as our climate continues to change.

We’ve only recently recognized that many of these meadows are actually able to store a tremendous amount of carbon and prevent it from re-entering the atmosphere. With the growing threat of climate change, it’s important to protect these ecosystems for all the benefits they provide.
— Dr. Justin Campbell

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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.