Marine protected areas play a vital role in addressing climate change, safeguarding ecosystems, and promoting research and education.
Developing and maintaining MPAs often requires collaboration between governments, local communities, scientists, and conservation organizations. With threats of rising seawater, ocean acidification, and increasing ocean temperatures, MPAs allow researchers to study natural processes to better understand the impacts of human activities. In addition, MPAs can provide local communities to generate revenue through eco-tourism by creating and promoting awareness for the value of their marine ecosystems.
Students participating in this program can expect the following:
- Conduct research and contribute to on going data sets
- Contribute to marine conservation and policy efforts
- Cultivate a comparative approach to understanding marine protected area management strategies
Summer 2024: Tahiti to Fiji
June 10 – July 17, 2024
June 10 – June 18, 2024: Remote shore component in Tahiti
June 19 – July 17, 2024: At sea
Cook Islands, Palmerston, and Vava’u
*Port stops are subject to change