We welcome graduate, postgraduate and independent researchers to conduct their study and research at Tobacco Caye Marine Station.
For a reasonable daily rate, we provide researchers full access to the Marine Station, including our scientific and sampling equipment. Since Tobacco Caye is situated directly on the barrier reef, there is no need to travel significant distances to access study areas and to gather data. TCMS can arrange boat charters if travel to more varied sites is necessary for your research,and can arrange diving gear and tanks. We provide assistance in obtaining research and collection permits, arrange transportation to and from the island as well as room and board throughout your stay at Tobacco Caye.

The Government of Belize enforces strict policies on collecting samples/organisms both for study in Belize and exporting them. We assist in providing researchers with the relevant application forms and procedures for permits necessary to perform their work.

Internships

Interns and volunteers are most welcome at Tobacco Caye Marine Station. Successful applicants do not necessarily have to have a strictly scientific or marine ecology background, but do need to be eager to learn about the environment in which they will be working, have strong work ethic, and adapt easily to new cultures. We ask potential interns for a commitment of at least one month, and the available funds to cover a reasonable daily rate that supports your room and board expenses while based at Tobacco Caye Marine Station.

Contact us for more information on duties and expectations, costs, and availability.

Professional Services

The staff of TCMS are professional marine biologists and oceanographers with practical experience in scientific methodologies and conservation. Staff have lectured at the undergraduate and graduate level, and are experienced thesis advisors and readers. We are available to assist and guide participants in their research projects, including the use of our underwater survey and laboratory equipment.

Marine Projects

TCMS is continuously developing to provide enhanced services to researchers and students. Groups or individuals are welcome to participate in our projects by donating necessary gear and equipment, and their time while on Tobacco Caye. TCMS has prioritised three projects for 2015:

  • An online real-time weather station
  • A wet laboratory
  • A tethered remotely operated vehicle

If interested, please contact TCMS to find out the status of the projects, and what gear and equipment is needed.

Laboratory

  • Microscopes (Compound and Dissecting) with digital camera attachment
  • TCS, pH, Ammonia Metres
  • Plankton Towing Nets
  • Current Metres
  • Transects and Quadrats
  • Binoculars
  • Slates
  • Niskin Bottle and Secchi Disks
  • Coring Samplers
  • U/W Video and Still Cameras