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Visitors: Bringing Student Groups & Conducting Research
 

ITME and Dominica are the perfect destination for....

Professors interested in taking student groups on academic field trips. Dominica is known for its diverse array of habitats, both on land and under water. It is also the only island of the Caribbean which has a Carib Territory where native Carib peoples live. ITME is the perfect base of operations as it provides a variety of services and all-inclusive packages. This allows the visiting faculty to fully concentrate on the academics and not worry about the logistics of the stay or land-based activities and travels. In addition to full room and board, ITME is able to provide lectures, terrestrial and marine excursions throughout the island and a wide range of guest speakers.

      
      

Biologists and other researchers interested in marginally explored tropical islands. Dominica is off the beaten path in many regards, including research. Therefore we hope to attract many scientists to Dominica, who can contribute to our understanding of the island's natural resources. ITME can facilitate research trips by providing multiple services as mentioned above, and by assisting scientists in planning efficient and rewarding research trips. Furthermore, ITME can assist visitors in obtaining the necessary research permit. All researchers accepted to stay at ITME must provide ITME with copies of relevant research results and publications. These are to be shared with the appropriate governmental entities in the country.

   

Topical Areas of Interest

    

Dominica's diverse habitats as well as its blend of cultures has attracted researchers from various disciplines which include but are not limited to, marine and terrestrial biology, ethnobotany, geography, geology, volcanology, anthropology, marine archaeology, socio-economics, and resource conservation.

 
 Collaborations
ITME engaged in scientific and educational collaborations with the following institutions:
 
  • Ministry of Education, Government of Dominica
  • Fisheries Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, Government of Dominica.
  • Global Reef Alliance www.globalcoral.org
  • Rosalie Sea Turtle Initiative www.widecast.org, www.marinecreatures.com
  • Biology Department, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Coastal Research and Education Center, Clemson University, Charleston, SC, U.S.A.
  • Archbold Tropical Research and Education Consortium (ATREC), Clemson University, U.S.A.
  • Bioscience Department, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  • CIMAR, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.
  • Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. Hydrothermal Vent Research
  • Baylor University, Waco, TX, U.S.A.
  • Indiana Universiy - South Eastern, IN, U.S.A.
  • Bethany College, WV, U.S.A.
  • Earlham College, IN, U.S.A.
  • Unity College, ME, U.S.A.
  • University of Miami, FL, U.S.A.

Planning Ahead

 

Step 1  General Information Gathering

Professors interested in taking student groups on academic field trips.
Please send us an informal e-mail or letter according to the following guidelines:
To: Admissions   admissions@itme.org
Subject: Visiting Student Group

1) Trip leader and affiliation
2) Number of participants
3) Estimated duration of stay
4) Tentative dates
5) Brief description of requested services and activities (e.g. room and board, field trips, lectures, diving, hiking, rainforest, reef, etc.)


Researchers.
Please send us an informal e-mail or letter according to the following guidelines:
To: Dr. Steiner   fieldstation@itme.org
Subject: Visiting Scientist

1) Trip leader and affiliation
2) Number of participants
3) Estimated duration of stay
4) Tentative dates
5) Brief description of requested services and activities (e.g. room and board, field work, logistics, etc.)
Step 2  Planning and Costing Trip

Professors interested in taking student groups on academic field trips.
Upon receipt of the above-mentioned information, ITME will draw up a tentative schedule and provide you with an estimate of the cost of your intended trip. At that point you will work closely with the ITME staff in fine-tuning the trip to your needs.

If you intend to bring a group, we strongly urge you to make your flight reservations far ahead of time. There are limited flights/seats into Dominica and it has happened that class trips had to be canceled due an insufficient number of seats/ late bookings.


Researchers.
Upon receipt of the above-mentioned information, ITME will draw up a tentative schedule including permitting and the required logistics, and provide you with an estimate of the cost of your intended trip. At that point you will work closely with the ITME staff in fine-tuning the trip to your needs.
 
Step 3  Reservations and Finalizing Arrangements

Professors interested in taking student groups on academic field trips.
As soon as step 2 has been completed successfully, your spot / time frame will be reserved and the ITME staff will keep you updated on payment schedules and how to best prepare for the trip.


Researchers.
As soon as step 2 has been completed successfully, your spot / time frame will be reserved, permitting and any necessary logistic support will be initiated, while the ITME staff will keep you updated on payment schedules and how to best prepare for the trip.
 
 
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