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Sustaining Stone Crabs’ Colossal Claws

Stone crabs are found throughout the Caribbean and tropical western Atlantic and are the target of a claw only fishery. Some of the largest stone crab claws come out of…

Biodiversity in the Boneyard

At first glance, this coastal area appears to be nothing more than a mismanaged dumpsite that has been taken over by an invasive species known as Australian Pine (Casuarina equisetifolia). However, one of our interns has been conducting research in the area and found that there is more native diversity here than initially meets the eye. By understanding what plant species are persisting in this stressful environment, we can prioritize our restoration efforts to facilitate the growth of native coastal vegetation that protects our coastlines. The restoration of native plant biodiversity can be a tool to increase coastal resilience and protect coastal communities like ours, to adapt to a changing climate.

Crab Fest 2021

“We all have something to learn from each other. While learning more about the ecology of these animals is crucial for their conservation, really understanding the importance of the fishery in the community context is equally as important. Events like Crab Fest are a great way to better grasp the significance of these animals from the stakeholder perspective.”

CEI Recovers Sea Glider from Atlantic

Research scientists from the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) at The Island School recovered an underwater sea glider from the Atlantic Ocean. The sea glider is a torpedo-shaped autonomous drone that measures upper ocean characteristics, such as temperature and salinity levels. This data is to improve forecasting for tropical storms and hurricanes in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Upcycling: Cardboard into Mushrooms

In urbanized areas and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like The Bahamas, our communities are vulnerable to low or declining agriculture due to soil fertility and management practices, access to capital, and climate change. These factors contribute to local food insecurity and systems of food deserts. Nevertheless, mushroom cultivation provides a direct solution as they can be cultivated on readily available organic waste substrates such as cardboard and paper, spent coffee grounds, and wood chips.

CEI and NOAA Collaborate in Sea Glider Launch

The ultimate goal of this project is to take observational data of the upper ocean to improve hurricane forecasting in the North Atlantic Ocean. There are many partners throughout the Caribbean and North America working in collaboration with NOAA and the University of Miami on this regional project. The glider deployment with CEI is the first done in The Bahamas. This is really important work because The Bahamas is one of the most hurricane prone countries in the North Atlantic due to its location and proximity to Florida. This nation has historically been affected by the four different hurricane types, which develop in different areas in the North Atlantic basin.

Climate Change in Eleuthera

We know it’s happening, but why so much conversation about climate change, and what does it mean for Eleuthera? You’ve probably noticed that the North Atlantic hurricane season has gotten considerably more intense since 2016. After Hurricane Matthew, there has been at least one Major Hurricane (categories 3 – 5) almost every year in The Bahamas. The proportion of Major Hurricanes in the Atlantic Hurricane Season will continue to increase because of climate change, a new area of research for the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) at The Island School.

Keeping the Crawfish Fishery Sustainable

A new crawfishing season has arrived, marking an important time in the life of our island. The Bahamas crawfish industry was certified as a sustainable fishery in 2018 by the Marine Stewardship Council, the only lobster fishery in the region to have this seal of approval. We should be proud of this achievement that came from years of hard work by government officials, the fisheries sector and non-profit organizations all working together.

Fish Aggregation Devices

CEI scientist Eric Schneider published a recent paper about fish aggregation devices. Schneider explains that many different species of fish that live in the open ocean spend a lot of their time close to floating objects. Because structure in the open ocean is very uncommon, floating objects like logs, seaweed patches, or lost buoys provide a combination of benefits to fish in this habitat. Floating debris can act as shelter for small fish, a meeting point for fish to reform schools that have been separated, or also as a navigational aid.

Students Dive into Coral Restoration

Students at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) are diving head first into coral restoration!

The Perry Institute and CEI collaborate on ‘The Bahamas Coral Innovation Hub Project (BCIH)’, an initiative that aims to help reverse the decline of Bahamian reefs, with a focus on South Eleuthera. Island School Semester and Summer Term and Deep Creek Middle School students gained valuable hands-on coral restoration experience in an underwater classroom, working with PIMS researchers Natalia Hurtado and Casey Harris on various projects.

Coral Spawning is Upon Us!

Love is in the water!

Why?

Because many corals and marine invertebrates spawn between May and October. And when the water is warmest in July, August and September, we can observe massive spawning in many corals, like star, brain and Acroporid species.

Creative Conservation: A Close Look at Cardboard

Globally, cardboard is viewed as a problematic waste stream as 80% of all products in The USA and Europe are packaged in cardboard. Within the Caribbean region cardboard accounts for 10-20% of our solid waste, and puts a strain on our landfill and dumpsite management due to its volume and lack of recycling facilities. This semester at The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), our sustainable materials team conducted research with plant-based fibers to design consumer products and biodegradable packaging solutions.

Determining a Fish’s Last Meal

Marine scientists have a hard time figuring out who eats who. On land, you can directly observe predation or study the scat that animals leave behind. In the ocean, it isn’t so simple. Fish poop immediately mixes with seawater and is difficult to collect, and fish often feed out of sight. Historically, scientists have turned to lethal methods like dissection and gut content analysis, or, for a non-lethal alternative, stomach lavage (essentially a stomach pump) to study fish diet. Over time, less invasive techniques have been developed.

Finlayson brings Atmospheric Science to CEI

When I was younger, hurricanes frequently struck our homes and destroyed so much. Growing up in Nassau, I witnessed the wreckage from Hurricane Michelle and Andrew as a little girl. When I went to college, Hurricane Irene followed me up to Connecticut and delayed my arrival. The following year, Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy ploughed over the US East Coast. I went from a childhood where I thought I understood how hurricanes behave to not understanding how they travelled so far up the US coast. These events pushed me to study how tropical cyclones function and develop, especially concerning the changing climate.

School Without Walls 2021

Last month, we held our third and final session of Schools Without Walls for the academic year. This week of experiential learning sees our Deep Creek Middle School students immerse themselves into other branches of the organization, which includes helping with research projects, working on our campus’s sustainability initiatives, and exploring iconic cultural and natural history sites across Eleuthera.

Innovative Coral Rearing Techniques

We’re thrilled to report some good news from our Coral Research team! It is always rewarding to see evidence of our research and strategies paying off to the benefit of the coral reefs we care about so deeply, as well as the long term health of our oceans. Coral reef decline has negatively impacted the ability of corals to produce viable offspring during reproductive spawning events.

STUDENTS COMPLETE CORAL REEF ECOLOGY INTERNSHIP WITH CEI’S THE BAHAMAS CORAL INNOVATION HUB

Photo of the group collecting gamete bundles from the groove brain coral. Besides the coral team from CEI, Perry Institute for Marine Science, and Secore International we were joined by…

SEARCHING FOR THE KRAKEN- CAPTURING A LIVE GIANT SQUID ON CAMERA FOR FIRST TIME IN U.S. WATERS

On June 18, the Cape Eleuthera Institute was part of a great moment in the history of deep sea exploration!  Dr. Nathan Robinson, CEI Director, and Dr. Edie Widder, Co-Founder…

NEW RESEARCH MISSION IN THE BAHAMAS WILL FILL CRITICAL GAPS IN SHARK CONSERVATION DATA

Eleuthera, The Bahamas — Beginning June 25, OceanX, the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), Florida International University (FIU), Microwave Telemetry and the Haiti Ocean Project (HOP) launched a new research and…

BAHAMAS CORAL INNOVATION HUB

This fall marks the beginning of the Bahamas Coral Innovation Hub! Based out of Cape Eleuthera, the hub aims to upscale coral reef restoration in the Bahamas, develop new technologies,…

USING ANIMAL-BORNE CAMERAS TO GET A TURTLE’S EYE VIEW OF THE BAHAMAS

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim through the ocean like a sea turtle? We certainly have, and the idea of seeing the world through the…

A Generous Gift from the Dalio Foundation Allows Our Institute’s Research to Dive Deeper…

This spring, the Dalio Foundation allowed for our Cape Eleuthera Institute Research Team to be a part of something never before done on the Cape. One of the Dalio family’s philanthropic…

Tissue Samples to be Tested for Plastic Presence and Toxicity

Stomach, liver and white muscle tissue samples collected by CEI’s Sustainable Fisheries research team were successfully received by the University of North Carolina Wilmington last week. This is part of…

CEI Attends Abaco Science Alliance Conference

Candice Brittain presenting the parrotfish research, and showing an image of Deep Creek Middle School students preparing a skit to perform in their communities conveying the importance of parrotfish to…

Understanding Bonefish Spawning

Not much is known about bonefish spawning or their juvenile stages. As a $141 million-dollar industry in The Bahamas alone, understanding these crucial phases of the bonefish lifecycle is important…

CEI research teams present at Fall 2017 Parents Weekend

Collaborating with Island School students is always a rewarding experience for CEI researchers, and it was no different for the class of Fall ‘17. This semester, CEI research classes both…

A Four Year Legacy: Dr. Owen O’Shea

As summer draws to a close, and and we welcome hurricane season slightly earlier than we did last year, we also say goodbye to a staple member of our community…

CEI Hosts Youth “Explorer Camps”

Last week, 29 young explorers joined our campus community for a week of hands-on learning, new experiences, and fun in the sun! They were divided into the Teen Explorer Camp…

Showing art and sharing knowledge

Earlier this month, representatives from the Cape Eleuthera Institute headed to Rock Sound to provide the science background behind an art show showcasing a local hidden treasure: the parrotfish. The…

It’s Gap Year Decision Day!

To celebrate Gap Year Decision Day, here is a few diary entries from CEI gap year alumni describing their time on our campus. Eidan Willis In late August, I began…

Tagging sharks in Cat Island

Over the course of the last two weeks, members from the Shark Research and Conservation Program traveled to Cat Island, The Bahamas, for the 7th annual oceanic whitetip shark tagging…

Sea Turtle Research at CEI awarded Disney Conservation Foundation grant

We are excited to announce that Cape Eleuthera Institute has been awarded a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) as a part of the Fund’s focus on reversing the…

2017 Maxey Cacique Award – Mackey Violich (F ’06)

Every year, The Island School is proud to present the Maxey Cacique Alumni Award to honor one alumnus who has lived our mission to make a difference in the world.  Our…

Shark research with our Bahamian colleagues

The Cape Eleuthera Institute, Island School and Center for Sustainable Development are like one big family and we all appreciate each other’s roles in making our campus so special. This…

The adventures of Crabman and Dr. Van Leeuwen

Cape Eleuthera Institute is excited to introduce a new project led by CEI Research Associate Dr. Travis Van Leeuwen and visiting scientist Dr. Iain “Crabman” McGaw from Memorial University, Canada.…

Earth Day antics

On Saturday 22nd April, CEI was presented with the opportunity to participate in the annual Earth Day event hosted by One Eleuthera at Center for Training and Innovation in Rock…

Dr. Kathrin Lampert visits CEI

This week Dr. Kathrin Lampert from Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany is visiting the CEI campus. Dr. Lampert is co-supervising a project in collaboration with Dr. Owen O’Shea and the Stingray…

CEI Presents at the 37th International Sea Turtle Symposium

Annabelle Brooks and Meagan Gary at the 37th International Sea Turtle Symposium Last week the International Sea Turtle Society hosted their 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and conservation…

A new coral nursery site on Cape Eleuthera

During the last week of March, which was blessed with calm winds and clear skies, the reef team had the honor to collaborate with Stephanie Schopmeyer, a returning visiting coral…

Dr. Owen O’Shea visits Bimini Biological Field Station

This past week saw Dr. Owen O’Shea of the CEI Shark Research and Conservation Program travel to Bimini to begin discussions about a new and very exciting collaboration with the…

Exploring the Exumas

Last week the CEI Elasmobranch Research Team took a trip to the beautiful islands of the Exumas in search of southern stingrays (Hypanus Americanus). This chain of hundreds of small…

Fishing for science: understanding predator-prey interactions at a bonefish spawning aggregation

This winter, the Flats team along with CEI’s research assistant and graduate student at Michigan State University, Georgie Burruss, wrapped up field work for year two of a three-year study…

STOP! Hammer time.

Thursday last week saw a rare break from the northeast winds that have been relentlessly blowing across campus. The Shark Research and Conservation Team took this opportunity to set longlines…

Tales of the turtle team

As we wave goodbye to our recent visitors, the CEI turtle team would like to extend a huge thank you to the two fabulous Earthwatch teams who shared our enthusiasm…

Fishing for knowledge in The Bahamas

The CEI reef team are working in partnership with the Institute for Social Ecological Research (ISER) Caribe on an interdisciplinary research project to understand the ecology and social perceptions of…

Catching Crabs By Moonlight

Over the past few weeks, the CEI reef team has gone on three night dives in search of the nocturnal West Indian spider crab (Mithrax spinosissimus).  At the start of…

Caught By Surprise

Every day on a shark research boat is exciting, but hauling in a huge tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. At the start of…

Rapid Reef Assessments in South Eleuthera

On January 29th, visitors Lindy Knowles of the Bahamas National Trust and Hayley Jo Carr of Stuart Cove’s arrived in Eleuthera from Nassau to assist in the surveying of reefs…

Ellie Corbett, SP’15, Interns with Dr. Edith Widder

Ellie Corbett’s last jump off High Rock during Spring 2015. Growing up on the coast, Ellie, SP ’15, knew she loved the ocean long before going to The Island School.…

Island School alum, CEI Grad Student featured on Cal Bears site

Mackey Violich, a former student from fall 2006, and now a graduate student at the Cape Eleuthera Institute through Florida State University, has been featured on the Cal Bear website. At…

Dr Owen O’Shea visits the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The ongoing collaboration between the Cape Eleuthera Institute and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWWCC) was recently further endorsed with a visit by Research Associate Dr Owen O’Shea…

Coral and Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew made contact with the Bahamas in early October, it brought with it many threats of damage and devastation. The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) was extremely fortunate in…

The return of old friends

It’s been an exciting time for the shark team at the Cape Eleuthera Institute with 2 tagged sharks recaptured over the past few weeks. The team has been conducting frequent…

School Without Walls

Over the past two weeks the CEI Sea Turtle Research and Conservation team has had the opportunity to join forces with the grade 7 and 8 classes of Deep Creek…

European Elasmobranch Association meets in Bristol

Over the weekend of the 28-30th October the European Elasmobranch Association met for its annual conference hosted by The Shark Trust in Bristol, England. Daniel Montgomery, a graduate student with…

HIOBS group prepares to head out

Today marks the start of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound Maine to Bahamas sailing expedition to the Exuma Cays! After 10 days on campus learning about sustainability, the marine environment,…

CEI shark team pulls in rare catch!

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, the CEI Shark Research and Conservation Team caught and sampled a huge 258 cm male lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris). This thrilling capture was made while…

CEI and SECORE document critically endangered coral spawning

SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) International arrived at the Cape Eleuthera Institute last month for a week of research focused on coral spawning. SECORE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the…

Coral reef survey techniques workshop help at CEI

On August 20th, Dr. Craig Dahlgren from The Perry Institute for Marine Science Laboratory arrived at CEI along with more than 20 scientists and conservationists from around the Bahamas and…

CEI team visits with Space 2 Create summer camp

Last week, four members of staff from Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) visited Harbour Island as part of an outreach event working with the summer camp Space 2 Create. Space 2…

Studying the knowledge and consumption of lionfish on Eleuthera

Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans) is a venomous species that has been invasive to The Bahamas for over a decade (since 2004). It was first observed around Eleuthera in 2005 and…

Operation Wallacea student investigates growth rates at the CEI coral nursery

Over the course of six weeks, Natasha Webbe of the University of Leeds, a student representing Operation Wallacea, has been working with the Cape Eleuthera Institute to study the success…

Operation Wallacea students participate in sea turtle research

Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) are one of only seven remaining sea turtle species. These reptiles were classified as an endangered species on the IUCN Red list, following the abrupt…

Summer research focusing on critically endangered coral reef species

Elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) corals are major reef-building corals found off the shores of Florida and throughout the Caribbean. In recent decades there has been a widespread…

Sea Turtle team supports the Bahamas National Trust summer camp

On Thursday, July 28th representatives from the sea turtle research team at CEI went to the Leon Levy Preserve in Governor’s Harbour to share their knowledge about sea turtles with…

American Elasmobranch Society meets in New Orleans

The American Elasmobranch Society recently met in New Orleans for their annual meeting, attended by an international collective of shark and ray scientists to discuss current and ongoing work in…

Operation Wallacea

During the course of a six-week program, three students representing Operation Wallacea (Marcus Griffiths of the University of Nottingham, Rob McCalman of the University of Portsmouth and Lucy Arrowsmith of…

CEI scientists present research at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium

written by Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-QuickThe International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) is the olympics of marine biology and is only held every four years. It is the primary international meeting focused…

The Bahamas National Trust Co-hosts Caribbean Shark Conservation Symposium

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) joined the Government of St. Maarten, St. Maarten Nature Foundation, and The Pew Charitable Trusts as hosts of the Caribbean Shark Conservation Symposium, which took…

Stingrays: Whiptail Genetics

Recently, the Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Stingray Research Group mounted its final expedition to remote cays in the Exumas Islands, to finalize the collection of genetic information from the rare, elusive…

Lionfish Day and Jewelry Workshop with The Blue Seahorse

On Saturday, May 7th, the Reef Ecology and Restoration team at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) partnered with The Blue Seahorse gift shop in Rock Sound for a day of…

Sea turtle adventures in Savannah Sound with Fishbone tours

Last week the CEI Sea Turtle Research Team had the opportunity to collaborate for the third time with Julius Rankine, who operates Fishbone Tours in Savannah Sound. Julius offers interactive…

Global Fin Print: Southern Bahamas

On May 6th, Associate Research scientist Dr. Owen O’Shea and Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRCP) intern Nicole Firing from The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) headed to San Salvador Island…

Ecosystem Based Management Tools Training

In April, Candice attended the Coastal-Marine Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) Tools Training in San Juan, Puerto Rico facilitated by Nature Serve. Thank you to Kinship Conservation Fellows for supporting Candice’s…

Shark Research and Conservation Program facilitates another successful year of Oceanic Whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus) tagging at Cat Island

April saw the sixth successful annual research cruise to study oceanic whitetip sharks at Cat Island. Since 2011, the Shark Research and Conservation Program, along with long-term collaborators Microwave Telemetry…

Stingray team reaches important milestone

The stingray team has been hard at work over the last month and has recently broken an important milestone passing n=300 capture events. We now have 347 captures with 195…

It’s Earth Day in Eleuthera!

Last Saturday (April 23rd) the new Center for Innovation and Training hosted an Earth Day festival in Rock Sound at which the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) and Center for Sustainable…

New study assessing seagrass productivity across South Eleuthera

This semester, the Sea Turtle Research and Conservation team has been collecting seagrass samples from various study sites around South Eleuthera where green sea turtles have been sighted since the…

Alumni Spotlight: Andrieka Burrows (F’15)

Andrieka Burrows is the very first Island School student to present at the annual Bahamas Natural History Conference (BNHC) CEI and The Island School were well-represented at the regional 2016…

Patch reef survey time!

Last week the Reef Ecology and Restoration team completed the March monitoring surveys of the 5 year reef study around the patches of Eleuthera. The March surveys usually call for thick…

Research to protect Eleuthera seahorses

Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick and her team have been assisting Dr. Heather Masonjones with her ongoing seahorse research in Sweetings Pond. Sweetings Pond on the island of Eleuthera contains a diverse…

Professor Wicksten visits CEI

The Reef Ecology and Restoration team welcomed Prof. Mary Wicksten to CEI last week. Prof. Wicksten is a professor at Texas A&M University, College Station, where she works on the…

Queen conch “graveyard” study taking place at CEI

High on top of the Bahamian crest is a queen conch—an iconic representation of how truly integrated marine ecosystems are to Caribbean culture. Queen conch (Strombus gigas) is a large…

Local marina and tournament anglers contribute to research at CEI

This February, the Cape Eleuthera Institute partnered with Davis Harbor Marina and the Cotton Bay Club for the inaugural Davis Harbour Wahoo Rally. The two day fishing tournament allowed Davis…

Graduate student Dan Montgomery working on stingray research at CEI

In the past week, members of the Stingray Research Team from the Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRCP) have begun work on a new project investigating the thermal ecology of…

HUMMINGBIRD CAY STINGRAY EXPEDITION

Four members of the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) community, including members of the Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRCP) and the reef ecology team, ventured down to Hummingbird Cay in…

IS students represent CEI ponds research at regional conferences

Christian McIntosh, a BESS scholar and a Fall 15 Inland Ponds Research Class student, recently presented the group’s work at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference.  This conference is a biannual…

Seining success for sea turtle team

Recently, St. Thomas Aquinas High School from Dover, New Hampshire helped conduct research with the CEI sea turtle research team in Winding Bay. Although the weather was uncooperative on Friday…

IS BESS students talk ponds at conferences

Christian McIntosh, a BESS scholar and a Fall 15 Inland Ponds Research Class student, recently presented the group’s work at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference.  This conference is a biannual event hosted by…

Another outreach event with the Stingray Team!

Members of the Stingray Research Group from the Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Shark Research and Conservation Program have recently completed two days of outreach on Great Exuma. Following on from the…

Shark team tags and releases great hammerhead

On Wednesday, 3rd February, the Shark Research and Conservation Team captured and sampled only the fourth ever Great Hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) caught off of Eleuthera in the entirety of the…

Cool new video of bonefish spawning aggregation in South Eleuthera!

A spawning aggregation of thousands of bonefish (Albula vulpes) was recently filmed in South Eleuthera. Bonefish make monthly migrations of up to 80 km (50 miles) to form spawning aggregations!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikVNxeY2KRs&feature=youtu.be…

Global Finprint Project: Nassau Expedition

Last week, four members of the Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRCP) travelled to Nassau, New Providence to participate in a global effort to assess the abundance and diversity of…

Flats team takes Deep Creek Middle School students out for mangrove lessons

Last Friday, Deep Creek Middle School’s Grade 7 joined Georgie Burruss, CEI Research Assistant, for a snorkel through Page Creek as part of the School Without Walls program. The focus of…

New citizen scientist page set up by CEI plastics researcher

Have you ever come across an animal – whether fish, bird, mammal, or even coral – that was impacted by plastic? Share your observation and details with the “Plastic Pollution:…

Lionfish: Island School’s favorite dish!

The invasion of lionfish on reefs of the West Atlantic has become an issue of critical concern.  With eradication not possible, the silver lining is that lionfish are delicious. The…

Oh Happy Day!

The Sea Turtle Research team held an in-reach for local staff on Tuesday, December 1. Local staff members who had never gone “turtling” before, and many who had never seen…

Final Earthwatch team of 2015!

The Cape Eleuthera Institute Sea Turtle Research and Conservation team finished off an awesome year of Earthwatch trips with the 8th and final Earthwatch team of 2015. Participants from the…

Would you like to own a piece of deep sea history?

There is a unique opportunity to own a piece of deep sea history!The MEDUSA is an autonomous camera platform used in deep sea research. It was responsible for capturing the first ever…

A busy week with The Island School Research Symposium and Parent’s Week

Last Thursday was The Island School Research Symposium! It is a highlight of Parent’s Week, and a time for parents to hear about the good work being done by their…

Assessing Queen Conch Population Abundances and Distributions in South Eleuthera

Throughout the fall semester, The Sustainable Fisheries team, with help from the conch Island School research class, has been assessing the abundance and distribution of juvenile queen conch in South Eleuthera.…

Lionfish, and conch, and sea turtles, and aquaponics, oh my!

Last weekend, programs from the Cape Eleuthera Institute, including the Reef Ecology and Restoration Team, Sustainable Fisheries Team, Sea Turtle Team, and Aquaponics Program travelled to Governor’s Harbour Homecoming to spread…

CEI Stingray Research Group takes Bahamian Staff out for a day of ‘Inreach’

Last week, the Stingray Research Group, headed by Dr. Owen O’Shea, took 15 of our Bahamian staff members out to The Schooner Cays– a location the majority of staff have never…

Halloween Spooktacular- Lionfish Treats

On the night of Halloween, the CEI team put on their lionfish costumes and travelled to the Spooktacular event at the Leon Levy Native Plant Reserve in Governor’s Harbour. The…

CEI Shark team working on Oceanic Whitetip Project

Please click HERE to learn more about the oceanic whitetip project that has been going on in The Bahamas in collaboration with the Save Our Seas Foundation and Stony Brook…

Last Coral Reef Earthwatch Expedition Complete!

At the end of August, the final “Investigating Reefs and Marine Wildlife in The Bahamas” Earthwatch team arrived at the Cape Eleuthera Institute to conduct fish surveys on the patch…

Lionfish outreach at Wemyss Bight Homecoming

On October 10,  the CEI team headed to Wemyss Bight Homecoming to spread the word about the lionfish invasion. The team was armed with a large batch of lionfish fritters…

Oregon State University’s final field season at CEI

Dr. Mark Hixon’s PhD students from Oregon State University returned to CEI for a fourth summer of invasive lionfish research.   As part of a long-term project, PhD student Alex…

Shark Research and Conservation Program Begins Novel Deep-Water Shark Telemetry Project

Deep-water sharks are slow growing, slow to mature, and have a relatively small number of young, and as a result are extremely vulnerable to human-based disturbances. This, coupled with the…

Students from Simon Fraser University continue their research on the invasive lionfish in Eleuthera

Three months ago, the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) welcomed back Simon Fraser University (SFU), and their 2015 field team of seven researchers.  Based in British Columbia on the west coast…

CEI Director Aaron Shultz successfully defends his doctoral dissertation

Congratulations to CEI Director Aaron Shultz! He successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on “Responses of Subtropical Nearshore Fishes to Climate Change” at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with Dr. Cory…

Record sized lionfish captured in Eleuthera

The Slayer Campaign has been a huge success at the Cape Eleuthera Institute this year, and we’re well on our way to setting a new record for the total catch…

CEI visits Students of Spanish Wells to talk rays and sharks!

On Friday 18th September, Dr. Owen O’Shea of the Shark Research and Conservation Program along with Shark Program intern Amanda Billotti and Educational Program leaders, Anna Zuke and Lydia Geschiere…

Meet the Sustainable fisheries Team!

As a new semester is upon us, Cape Eleuthera Institute community welcomes four new interns to The Sustainable Fisheries Team. Since starting their internship two weeks ago, Helen Conlon, Rob…

Summer recap: Candice Brittain spent a month with the Kinship Conservation Fellows Program

Kinship Conservation Fellows is an environmental leadership program that emphasizes market-based solutions to environmental problems. Applied Scientific Research Department Head, Candice Brittain, was awarded a place on the prestigious program…

Educational Programs Team hosts Akhepran International Academy

While all visiting groups are special to us here at CEI, certain ones touch our hearts in unique and unexpected ways. Akhepran International Academy, visiting us for the first time…

Professor Duncan Irschick of University of Massachusetts visits CEI!

Professor Duncan Irschick, integrative biologist and innovator at the University of Massachusettes, recently visited Cape Eleuthera Institute for an exciting week of field work with the Sea Turtle Research and…

Fall 2015 Gap students tell us about their first week!

At 6:15 am the alarm goes off every morning, waking us for a day filled with the fresh possibilities of discovery. Here, at the Island School, we partake in a…

The new multinational Sea Turtle Team ready to go for the Fall!

The Sea Turtle Research and Conservation team here at CEI welcomes three new members to the team for the fall semester! They arrived last Saturday and, after a few days…

CEI represented at American Elasmobranch Society Meeting!

In the month of July, Alp Gokgoz, past CEI Research Technician, attended the 31st annual American Elasmobranch Society meeting in Reno, NV, with support from CEI’s professional development fund. Florida…

Summer interns witness the annual spawning event for the Brown Encrusting Octopus sponge!

On August 7th at three o’clock in the afternoon, while conducting benthic surveys on Ike’s reef, some of our summer interns came across the annual spawning event for the Brown…

Flyfishing, snorkeling and exploring South Eleuthera with Flats Week!

This past week, Flats Ecology and Conservation Program of the Cape Eleuthera Institute welcomed four students to our campus for Flats Week. Lead by Aaron Shultz, CEI director, and Georgie…

Anderson Cabot Family Leadership Gift takes Sharing Solutions Campaign to the Crest of the Wave

Ed Anderson and Linda Cabot step up to the top of our giving pyramid with a $2 MM total pledge. In addition to helping us build the new Anderson Cabot Graduate…

Anderson Cabot Family Leadership Gift takes Sharing Solutions Campaign to the Crest of the Wave

Ed Anderson and Linda Cabot step up to the top of our giving pyramid with a $2 MM total pledge. In addition to helping us build the new Anderson Cabot…

Mackey recounts her deep-sea adventures with Dr. Edith Widder in the Gulf of Mexico

My journey started as an Island School student back in Fall 2006, before Cape Eleuthera Institute even existed. The bridge across the mangroves was just being built. After my semester…

Flats Ecology and Conservation team removes fishing line from black grouper at 90 feet!

Sometimes all it takes is a few minutes with a trusting grouper to realize our impact on the ocean and how we can make a difference. This week, the Flats…

Bonefish Research Trip to the Northern Exuma Islands

Forest Thomas, Regional collaborator from Hummingbird Cay, Exuma, shares his experience as he teams up with CEI for a Bonefish Research Adventure The trip to the Northern Exuma Islands started…

Students conducting dissertation projects at CEI this summer

This is the 4th year that CEI has been collaborating with Newcastle University, United Kingdom, in offering research placements for their marine biology undergraduate students. Over the years student numbers…

CEI Research Assistant works with sea turtle hatchlings in Costa Rica

For two weeks in early July, Rachel Miller, Research Assistant for the Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program, headed to Costa Rica to lead a marine biology summer camp. This…

IS Alumni Back on the Cape this Summer

We want to welcome back all of The Island School alumni who have returned to Cape Eleuthera and giving back this summer!   This summer, Griffin Hunt (F’11) is working…

Sea Turtle Earthwatch Team visits CEI

The Sea Turtle Research Team recently said goodbye to their first Earthwatch team of the summer, and we are sad to see them go. The group of 7 students and…

CEI Research Manager attends Coral Reef Strategic Planning Workshop

The Bahamas National Trust invited the Cape Eleuthera Institute to participate in a Strategic Planning Workshop  intended to develop a national strategy for improving the health of coral reef ecosystems and…

Lionfish June Patch Reef Surveys

The lionfish team recently completed their quarterly surveys of lionfish and other reef fish in the patch reef system of South Eleuthera, part of a longterm study. This time around…

The Island School Partners With Hurricane Island Outward Bound to Offer Sailing Expeditions

Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) is partnering with The Island School to launch an expeditionary sailing program to be operated out of The Island School’s campus in Cape Eleuthera,…

“How a Gap Year Changed My Best Friend”

The best friend of one of our Cape Eleuthera Institute Gap Year alumni wrote this great article about how a gap year changed her friend’s life. It’s definitely worth a read,…

The Island School Hosts an International Youth Summit with Musician Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres

Two weekends ago, The Island School hosted the SEA Change Youth Summit with musician, Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres to raise awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution in the ocean and to…

CEI/ Island School Research Expo a big success

On Saturday, June 6, Spring 2015 Island School students participated in the Research Expo, their final Research Class assignment, which coincided with the Youth Action Island Summit hosted at the…

CEI’s Anderson-Cabot Hall for Graduate Studies Opens to Create More Opportunities for Bahamians in Research

On Friday June 5th, Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) hosted a ribbon cutting on their newest building, Anderson-Cabot Hall for Graduate Studies.  The grand opening was held during the SEA Change…

NEW VIDEO- CAPE ELEUTHERA INSTITUTE STINGRAY RESEARCH & EDUCATION

The Cape Eleuthera Institute‘s Shark Research and Conservation Program recently initiated a novel project that aims to assess the spatial ecology and genetic diversity of three species of stingray in the…

Cape Eleuthera Institute Stingray Research & Education

The Cape Eleuthera Institute‘s Shark Research and Conservation Program recently initiated a novel project that aims to assess the spatial ecology and genetic diversity of three species of stingray in…

Sustainable Fisheries team represents at 2015 Conch Fest!

Last weekend, Deep Creek hosted its annual Conch Fest.  Unlike past years, Conch Fest was new and improved, focused on keeping Deep Creek green, clean, and pristine. Instead of using plastic…

Island School Hosts an International Youth Summit with Musician, Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres

This past weekend The Island School hosted the SEA Change Youth Summit with musician, Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres to raise awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution in the ocean and…

CEI research highlighted in University of Illinois Report

Aaron Shultz, Director of the Cape Eleuthera Institute, has had his graduate work, under the direction of Dr. Cory Suski, highlighted in a report for the University of Illinois. Aaron…

Tandem Friends School visits CEI

Earlier this May, we welcomed the very FIRST group of female students to ever visit CEI from Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville, Virginia.  This trip was planned as part of…

IS and CEI Hosting 2015 Youth Action Island Summit June 5-7

The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute, in partnership with 5Gyres, musician Jack Johnson and All At Once, are excited to host the Youth Action Island Summit on our Cape Eleuthera campus…

Second Deep Creek Cleanup a big success!

Last week, over 30 members of the Deep Creek community gathered to conduct a second trash clean up. Led by Brittney Maxey, Educational Programs and Youth Action Island Summit Volunteer, and…

IS Students shine in SP 15 Parents’ Week presentations

Last week The Island School hosted Parents’ Week. The week included an opportunity for parents to tour our campus, view a student art exhibit, parent-teacher meetings, and a day for…

You are what you eat… and what your dinner eats, too!

As any angler will tell you, fresh fish is the best fish (Fig. 1)! Even non-anglers would insist that grilled wahoo, dockside yellowfin sashimi, or fried dolphinfish fingers are best…

Prominent sea turtle researchers visit CEI

During the first week of May, Cape Eleuthera Institute and the Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program were honored to welcom Dr. Karen Bjorndal and Dr. Alan Bolten to our…

CEI’s Dr. Edd Brooks Featured in CNN Series

Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Dr. Edd Brooks, is featured on CNN’s series on new adventurers. Click here to watch the video and learn more about Edd’s amazing deep water discoveries happening right…

Island School Research Class Helps Assess the Local Reef Invertebrate Populations

Read about some of the amazing real-world work Island School students are doing in their research class taught by researchers at the Cape Eleuthera Institute! http://blog.ceibahamas.org/2015/05/13/island-school-research-class-helps-assess-the-local-reef-invertebrate-populations/

Island School Research Class helps assess the local reef invertebrate populations

In the Bahamas, the fishing industry is crucial for the economy of the country, worth about $100  million annually. This mainly comes from the three main fisheries of The Bahamas, spiny…

CEI Research Manager attends international sea turtle conference

Annabelle Brooks, CEI Research Manager, just attended the 35th annual symposium on sea turtle biology and conservation, hosted by International Sea Turtle Society, in Dalaman, Turkey. The symposium draws participants from…

Blackbeard, the Manatee, in Boathouse Cut!

This morning we were visited by a large manatee in the Boathouse Cut! Educational Programs Lead Educator, Tiffany Gray, shared photos and information on the sighting with Bahamas Marine Mammal Research…

Earthwatch group works with CEI Sea Turtle Research Team

A group of 18 students from Skyline school in Seattle joined the turtle team at the start of April on an action packed 9-day Earthwatch expedition. Days were filled with…

Lyford Cay International School visits the Cape Eleuthera Institute

Lyford Cay International School in New Providence brought 25 bubbly 5th graders down for a 3 day sustainability program at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. Besides learning about topics such as Bahamian ooidic…

An excerpt from Link School’s visit to CEI

Here is an excerpt of her Island School experience, by Link School student Medina Purefoy-Craig: I can now safely say that I can jump into water and actually not drown. Early…

Joining forces to make Deep Creek Clean, Green, and Pristine!

Last Saturday morning, members from the Deep Creek Homecoming Committee and community partnered up with Deep Creek residents from Cape Eleuthera Institute and students and faculty from The Deep Creek Middle School…

OAK Leadership visits CEI Campus

OAK Leadership Institute from Cleveland, Ohio joined us the first week of April for an action packed week. The five students and two teachers had the time of their lives exploring…

Sustainable Fisheries team represents at Rock Sound Homecoming

This past Saturday, the Sustainable Fisheries team travelled to Rock Sound for the annual Homecoming to represent The Cape Eleuthera Institute. The booth, decorated with educational materials pertaining to invasive…

CEI Supports Youth Environmental Leadership Summit

Recently, the Cape Eleuthera Institute supported the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) for their first ever BREEF Eco-Schools Youth Environmental Leadership Summit in Nassau. The Cape Eleuthera Island School…

Researchers travel to Great Exuma to present at the Bahamas Conservation Symposium

In March, Florida State University Master’s students Brendan Talwar and Mackellar Violich, and Flats Ecology and Conservation intern Georgie Burruss traveled to Great Exuma to present at the Bahamas Conservation…

Collaborative research on Exuma will have conservation implications for important nearshore species

In collaboration with the Fisheries Conservation Foundation (FCF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) sent researchers to the Exuma Cays in February…

The CSD represents at the annual Agribusiness Expo

  During the 5th to the 7th of March, Zakita and Micheal represented the Centre of Sustainable Development (CSD) and the wider Island School/CEI community at the annual Agribusiness Expo…

Pufferfish shine in video contest

What happens to the research done at CEI after the excitement of the field season and the hours in the lab are over? Researchers need to find interesting and accessible ways…

Rachel Miller Attends Sea Turtle Conference in GA

Earlier in February, Rachel Miller, the Research Assistant for the Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program at CEI, attended the Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting in Jekyll Island, GA. The…

Sea Turtle Team Takes DCMS Students in the Field

On Friday, January 23, the Sea Turtle Research Team was joined by the Grade 7 students from Deep Creek Middle School. The day was started by reviewing the biology of different species of sea turtles and talking…

The Lillian and Betty Ratner School Learns All About Lionfish

This past week, visiting students from Ohio’s Lillian and Betty Ratner School spent a week at The Island School stretching their comfort zones and exploring what it means to live…

PH Albury & DCMS Eco Clubs Team Up for SEEP Recycling

This past Saturday, the Deep Creek Middle School Early Act and Eco Club teamed up with Preston H. Albury High School’s newly formed Eco Club to sort plastics 1, 2,…

Brittney Parker and James Murray are the newest additions to the Sea Turtle Research Team

Here is a brief introduction to the new Sea Turtle interns, written by James Murray (IS FA’11):We are really excited to be here at CEI, studying and assisting in the…

Williams College visits Eleuthera and works on sustainable food systems

Eleuthera was recently visited by a group of students from Williams College (Massachusetts). Their trip focused on Eleuthera’s food systems, with a focus on sustainable production. Over the past two…

Deep Creek Primary Communal Garden

Deep Creek Primary School, with the assistance of The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), has started a new initiative to build a school community garden with the aim to provide students…

The lionfish team completes year 5 of reef surveys

The lionfish team zipped up their 5mm wetsuits, donned their hoods, and braved the dropping water temperatures to conduct the 5th year of reef monitoring. It is well known that…

Deep Creek Primary School Community Garden: Jump starting healthy meals for the community

Deep Creek Primary School, with the assistance of The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), has started a new initiative to build a school community garden with the aim to provide students…

Successful lionfish jewelry workshop in Deep Creek

As invasive lionfish decimate Caribbean coral reef systems, consumptive fishery demand is promoted as one of the best ways to control their populations.  Recently, though, there is a new reason…

Earthwatch Sea Turtle Programs have a successful year in 2014!

9 expeditions, 92 volunteers, 115 turtles, and 145 Baited Remote Underwater Video Surveys  – just a taste of the successful year the Earthwatch-funded sea turtle research program had in 2014! This…

Palm Beach Day Academy visits the Cape Eleuthera Institute

Seven students from The Palm Beach Day Academy, in Palm Beach, Florida, kicked off a busy December at the Cape Eleuthera Institute with a five day program focused on marine…

CEI’s Flats Ecology and Conservation Program Attends the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Symposium

CEI Director Aaron Shultz and Flats Ecology and Conservation Program Manager Zach Zuckerman attended the 5th International Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT) Symposium on Nov. 7th – 8th at the…

Fall 2014 IS/CEI Symposium Focuses on Outreach

The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute Research Symposium was held last Saturday, November 29. As with previous years, The Island School students prepared scientific posters about their Applied Research…

CEI Researchers attend GCFI Conference in Barbados

CEI researchers Claire Thomas and Zach Zuckermen attended the 67th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute in Barbados the first week of November. This conference focused on small islands and developing…

Slayer Campaign Launches Year-Round

After its initial trial launch in April of this year and a successful 4-month run, the CEI Lionfish Research and Education Program’s “You Slay, We Pay” campaign has now been…

Lyford Cay ‘Take Action’ Projects Get Inspiration from CEI Visit

Last week, a group of grade 8 students from the Lyford Cay International School flew over from Nassau to visit the Cape Eleuthera Island School. These sixteen students made it…

On-track Anderson-Cabot Hall Construction Project Demonstrates Sustainable Building Practices

The Anderson-Cabot Hall broke ground in January, 2014 and is currently halfway through construction.  Once completed, this structure will accommodate up to 44 interns, teaching fellows, and graduate students who…

Lyford Cay Students Explore Sustainability

In the last week of October, CEI welcomed Lyford Cay International School’s two classes for their annual visit. Denise Mizell, a science teacher at Lyford Cay, brought grade 10 to…

Award for Excellence in Research

Each year, CEI offers two in-house studentships to graduate students conducting research at CEI and teaching research class though The Island School. Applicants of the Award for Excellence in Research…

Bull Shark Tags Provide Clues to Migratory Movements

The Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Shark Research and Conservation Program has just started to receive data back from the satellite tags deployed last winter onto five female bull sharks. These transient sharks…

First-Ever Bahamian Lionfish Jewelry Making and Awareness Workshop a Huge Success

The lionfish, an invasive predator from the Indo Pacific currently wreaking havoc on Caribbean and South American coral reef fish populations, was first introduced to the region through the exotic…

First-Ever Bahamian Lionfish Jewelry Making and Awareness Workshop a Huge Success

The lionfish, an invasive predator from the Indo Pacific currently wreaking havoc on Caribbean and South American coral reef fish populations, was first introduced to the region through the exotic…

South Eleuthera Primary Schools Explore Marine Invertebrates & Sustainable Systems

Green Castle Primary School’s teacher, Ms. Mary Thompson, brought her class of students in grades 5 & 6 for a marine invertebrate and snorkel trip at the Cape Eleuthera Institute last…

The Lionfish Team Breaks from Lab Work to Conduct Patch Reef Surveys

  For the past three seasons the Lionfish Research and Education Program, managed by Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick, has been conducting an array of lab-based behavioral studies.  Projects have assessed everything…

Students at The Island School Introduce Their Research Projects

Last week students in the Fall 2014 semester of The Island School gathered with their peers, teachers, faculty, and visitors to present introductions to their Research Class projects.  Presentations contextualized…

The Sustainable Fisheries Team Searches for Stone Crabs

Stone crabs have been a popular and principal commercial fishery in Florida for many years, and have comprised a portion of the local fishing take here in The Bahamas for…

Congratulations CEI Staff Alumna Emma Loosigian!

Last weekend, CEI staff alumna (2010-11), Emma Loosigian married Michael Laham on her family’s apple orchard, Apple Annie, in Brentwood, New Hampshire. Among those in attendance celebrating the newlyweds were…

Third BREEF Sea Camp, Governor’s Harbour, August 2014

Dr. Owen O’Shea, Associate Researcher with the Shark Research and Conservation Program at The Cape Eleuthera Institute, recently visited the Haynes Library in Governor’s Harbour to deliver a talk on…

Simon Fraser University’s Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Summer 2014 was a fun but busy field season for the research team from Simon Fraser University. This was the first field season at Cape Eleuthera Institute for Fiona Francis,…

Summer Research at CEI and Abroad – Check out our eNews!

The summer season at Cape Eleuthera Institute always sees a tremendous amount of activity.  Visiting scientists fly in, new interns and undergraduates arrive, and every now and then our own…

Gap Year Students in the Field with the Lionfish and Sustainable Fisheries Teams

Gap Year students spent an afternoon with the sustainable fisheries program, dissecting lionfish and engaging in discussion about the invasive species. During the dissection students poked at lionfish visceral fat…

Brookwood School Visits CEI

Brookwood School students and teachers recently headed back to Massachusetts after their school’s first visit to Cape Eleuthera Institute. During their 6-day adventure the group was able to learn more about…

American Elasmobranch Society 2014 – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Shark Research and Conservation Associate Researcher Dr. Owen O’Shea recently attended the 30th annual meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. O’Shea presented his paper ‘novel observations…

Local High School Teachers Consider Sustainability as a Part of Curriculum

Teachers and Vice Principal, Ms. Knowles, from Preston H. Albury High School came to visit during teacher’s planning week in late August. This visit served as the start to a…

Oceanside and Camden Hills- visiting programs at CEI

 Earlier this month was the return of Camden Hills Regional High School for their sixth visit to CEI, and Oceanside High School’s second trip alongside Camden. It was another stellar…

Island School Students Invade CEI

For the Island School summer term, six students had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick researching invasive lionfish. In one day, the students became professionals at cast netting,…

IS students help with deep sea trapping research project

The Island school summer term went out with the deep-water research group, led by Mackellar Violich to pull up traps from 1200 meters deep. The baited traps are set off…

Eleutheran Explorers Camp is a Huge Success!

 Eleutheran Explorers Camp is a Huge Success Last week CEI was graced with 13 kiddos here for our annual Eleuthera Explorers Summer Camp! It was a jam packed week full…

Opportunities on Cape Eleuthera

The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Center for Sustainable Development have a number of internship and work opportunities still available for the 2014-15 academic year. You can learn more…

CEI hands out free lionfish at Deep Creek’s Conch Fest

This year, CEI had a booth at Deep Creek’s Homecoming, called Conch Fest, that was geared towards promoting sustainable fisheries. The team was frying up lionfish samples, so local community…

CEI and Island School Research Symposium a big success

Congratulations to all of the Spring 2014 Island School students who gave oral and poster presentations at the Research Symposium. This event is a culmination a semester-long research class, where…

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) This August!

Have you ever been curious about permaculture? Are you itching grow your own food? Do you dream of transforming your yard into an edible oasis? If any of that sounds…

Early Learning Center students get to investigate real deep sea creatures!

The Island School’s youngest students have been able to get up close and personal with some deep sea creatures over the past couple of weeks without even setting foot in…

Island School students present their research at Parent’s Weekend

Last week, the Island School campus was inundated with the parents of the Spring 2014 students. Aside from campus tours and a breathtaking art gallery, parents also got to witness…

CEI participates in local Earth Day event

To celebrate Earth Day and coastal awareness month, One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) held an environmentally-themed festival. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- Respect Mother Earth” was the theme for this day of celebration.…

Deep Creek Middle School students host town hall meeting on Sustainable Fisheries

A town hall meeting was held on May 15 at the South Eleuthera Mission. This meeting was organized by Deep Creek Middle School students who formed a Sustainable Fisheries team:…

CEI Researcher Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick presents at Tedx Nassau

On Saturday, May 3rd, the first TEDx event in The Bahamas, TEDx Nassau 2014, took place.  The event aimed to facilitate nationwide conversations about pressing issues in The Bahamas today,…

College of DuPage: From Illinois to Eleuthera

The Cape Eleuthera Institute welcomed College of DuPage last week, our first visiting college program of the spring season!  Led by Dr. Jim Ludden, of College of DuPage, as well…

CEI Researcher Zach Zuckerman discusses mangrove conservation in Abaco!

Flats Research Manager Zach Zuckerman was invited to perform an ecological assessment of Sand Banks Creek near Treasure Cay, Abaco. Together with Olivia Patterson of Friends of the Environment, representatives…

Visiting Program from Muncton gets involved with all aspects of CEI!

Things are heating up here at CEI!  Students are on campus, summer is on the way, and the adventures are everywhere.  The Educational Programs team wrapped up the month of…

Lionfish invade Rock Sound Homecoming!

CEI Lionfish team visited Rock Sound’s homecoming celebration.  Amid stands selling fritters, grouper, and curry chicken the crew erected a booth dishing out free samples of lionfish ceviche, passing out…

Effect of Thermal Stressors on Great Barracuda and Schoolmaster Snapper

Over the next 100 years, factors causing climate change have the potential to increase sea surface temperatures by up to 5 degrees Celsius.  However, even a small increase could have drastic effects on tropical areas due to the historical thermal stability of places such as the Caribbean.  Recently, the Cape Eleuthera Institute has been focusing efforts on investigating how climate change may affect tropical fish species and the marine communities with which they interact.  One specific project is using a swim tunnel to measure the aerobic scope of Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) and Schoolmaster Snapper (Lutjanus apodus).  A swim tunnel is a cylindrical tank in which a fish swims against a current and its oxygen consumption can be measured.  Data obtained from the swim tunnel such as swimming velocity and respiration rate can then be used to calculate the fish’s aerobic scope.  Aerobic scope, or the capacity for oxygen­driven metabolism, is a good overall indicator for performance and can estimate how much energy a fish has to devote to essential behaviors such as foraging, predator evasion and reproduction. The water that flows through the swim tunnel can be slightly warmed to simulate future ocean conditions, and the fish’s response can be quantified.  Through this study, CEI and the Flats Ecology and Conservation Program hope to gain insight on how different coral reef and mangrove…

NSF site visit to CEI

A group of biologists from Universities throughout the United States gathered to discuss the improvement of the research facilities at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI).  This meeting was funded by…

The Bahamas Bull Shark Project

The bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) is one of the most infamous sharks in the world’s oceans.  They have evolved to hunt large prey in shallow coastal waters and, as a…

You Slay, We Pay!

The ‘You Slay, We Pay’ campaign is underway. Lionfish are invasive and devastating reefs; fortunately for us, they are delicious! However, these fish are still an untapped sustainable marine resource.…

Nigel Barker Tours The Island School Campus

Professional fashion and beauty photographer, host of TV’s The Face, and judge on America’s Next Top Model recently toured the campus’ of The Island School and The Cape Eleuthera Institute while vacationing with his…

Spring 2014 Gap Year Conclusion

The Spring Gap Year program concluded this past week after an intense past nine weeks here at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. The students have been involved all over the organization…

CEI is now on Google Street View!

The Cape Eleuthera Insitute is excited to announce the launch of CEI Street View!  You can now take virtual tours of The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Insitute, and Center for Sustainable…

The Island School is on Google Maps Street View!

The Island School is excited to announce the launch of Island School Street View!  You can now take virtual tours of The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Insitute, and Center for Sustainable…

Exploring the Depths with DCMS & CEI Shark Team

The importance of scientific outreach is empirical to the goals and objectives of the Cape Eleuthera Foundation, aiming to educate and inspire the next generation of young scientists. Friday 14th…

A Look at Animals and Habitats with Tarpum Bay Primary

Fourteen students from Ms. Carey’s first grade class came to CEI to study animals & their different habitats.  During their field trip they explored the farm and investigated some of…

Sunscreen and Handling Experiments

An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen washes off swimmers annually. This can affect the ocean in many different ways. This semester the Flats Research Program at CEI…

Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean (MTIASIC) Project video competition

Check out this video that Island School communications assistant and IS alumnus Will Strathmann (F’07) created on lionfish for the Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular…

Cape Eleuthera Institute Welcomes Eleuthera Principals

In December 2013, the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) and Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) launched The Local Schools Program which has several education programs that reach young Bahamians.  Our Local…

CEI Researchers present at the 2nd Bahamas National Natural History Conference in Nassau

CEI researchers were busy in Nassau over the past week.  On March 4th, Aaron Shultz and Kate Kincaid attended an IUCN Red List Workshop, held at The Bahamas National Trust.…

First Earthwatch team assists in Sea turtle research at CEI

The first of 8 teams for 2014 were at CEI last week assisting with sea turtle research. 9 volunteers, from across America and Canada, spent 9 days collecting data from…

CEI Winter Newsletter

The Cape Eleuthera Institute Winter Newsletter went out earlier this week. Take a peek to see all the amazing things going on over at the institute! Also be sure to…

Weilenmann Students Discover the Wonderful World of CEI

Winter break at the Weilenmann School of Discovery in Park City, Utah, is usually synonymous with snow pants, ski lifts, and hot cocoa.  However, for 16 students and 5 chaperones,…

RSMAS help with the lionfish invasion

This week, the RSMAS group had a class on invasive species.  As part of the class, team RSMAS got to go out with the lionfish researchers and help with spearing,…

University of Illinois’ Inaugural Visit!

CEI launched into 2014 with a busy EP season.  Amidst the many veteran programs was the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with 8 students visiting for their inaugural trip to Eleuthera!…

Putting Puffers in the Lounge Chair – Personality, Stress, and the Checkered Puffer

Do animals have personality? If so, how do we define and measure it? How would personality types affect an animal’s fitness?Researchers define “animal personality” as structured differences in the behavior…

Exeter field course visits CEI

Visiting CEI for the first time, 26 students and 4 professors from the University of Exeter, UK, completed a 12 day program during 6th- 17th January. As part of a field…

MSSM presents on the effects of longline capture stress

The Maine School of Science & Mathematics blessed us with their presence for the 4th year in a row here at the Cape Eleuthera Institute! Dr. Debbie Eustis-Grandy and Dr.…

Spring Gap students are here!

The Spring Gappers are on campus! Our first week was busy getting oriented to all the exciting opportunities that are waiting for us in the next two months. While we’ve…

Plastics outreach with Preston H Albury school

This past fall, CEI’s resident plastic researcher, Kristal Ambrose teamed up with local high school teacher Joanna Parker’s geography class to conduct two consecutive beach plastic surveys for their BGCSE course work,…

Lionfish study focused on South Eleuthera’s patch reefs is accepted for publication!

Good news for the continuing battle against invasive lionfish – a study conducted at CEI in collaboration with Simon Fraser University and Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), and headed by…

CEI attends Abaco Science Alliance Conference 2014

FRIENDS of the Environment hosted the 6th Biennial Abaco Science Alliance Conference (ASAC). The conference goals were to provide a forum for networking and information sharing for Abaco and Bahamas-based…

Interesting research on weather balloons by CEI researcher Dr. Owen O’Shea

Dr. Owen O’Shea, research associate for the Shark Program at CEI, recently had research published looking at the negative effects of weather balloons, after thousands were recorded from community beach…

Monmouth University students continue ongoing research projects at CEI

January at the Cape Eleuthera Institute is an exciting time:  a new year, new interns, and a heap of new students visiting during their university’s January term!Monmouth University joined CEI…

Outreach in Spanish Wells

In November, Kristal Ambrose, working for the Center for Sustainable Development, and CEI’s outdoor educator Tiffany Gray, made the trip down island to visit Ms. Thompson’s grade 12 geography class at…

Visiting program from Exeter University visits Schooner Cays for juvenile conch surveys

This weekend saw visiting Exeter students and professors heading to the Schooner Cays with the CEI Queen Conch team.  A 30-minute ride and short swim allowed us to conduct shallow…

CEI’s Kristal Ambrose teaches the kids at the Early Learning Center about plastic pollution

Last month,CEI Research Associate Kristal Ambrose had the opportunity to work with the “mini scientists” at the Early Learning Center (ELC) on campus, giving a presentation on plastic pollution. Kristal…

The Shark Research team posts footage of their deepwater research with the Medusa!

The Cape Eleuthera Institute and The Island School have recently begun their deepwater exploration of The Exuma Sound with almost 100 hours of footage from the deep ocean. This study…

Wemyss Bight Primary visits CEI again

Recently, twelve smiling faces from Mrs. Sweeting’s 6th grade class at Wemyss Bight Primary came to visit Cape Eleuthera Institute to supplement their pollution unit. The afternoon started off with…

Lionfish team completes December surveys

Wetsuits were in order as the lionfish team took to the seas for their December surveys of the patch reefs.  A three-day blitz with eighteen dives brought us to sixteen…

Wrapping up a successful bonefish tagging trip in Andros South

Interns from the Flats Ecology and Conservation Program and Shark Research and Education Program at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (Stacey Dorman and Carl Treyz) and Zack Jud from the Bonefish and…

New acoustic tracking study on bonefish in Grand Bahama

Throughout the islands of The Bahamas, bonefishing is not only popular sport, but also an important component of the tourism industry that contributes greatly to the economic health of many…

Check out our Fall 2013 eNews!

See what CEI researchers and environmental educators have been up to this fall! Follow the link to read our Fall eNews:http://www.ceibahamas.org/ENews/CEI/2013_Fall2/2013_FALL2_CEI.html

Tilapia harvest at CEI

Last month, CEI conducted its first tilapia harvest since March 2013.  This exciting process began on Sunday morning when 160 tilapia were selected for harvest for an Island School parent’s weekend meal and a…

Beach Plastic Christmas Ornament Workshop in Tarpum Bay

Two weeks ago, several CEI team members went up to the Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Center in Tarpum Bay to participate in a beach plastic Christmas ornament workshop, hosted by artist Barbra…

Nassau Grouper fishing season is CLOSED!

A message from the Department of Marine Resourcers:The Nassau Grouper fishing season is closed from Dec 1 2013 to Feb 28 2014. This closure is designed to help ensure a…

Call for abstracts- Bahamas National Natural History Conference 2014

Call for Abstracts for the Bahamas Natural History Conference 2014 also known as BNHC is NOW OPEN.All abstracts are to be submitted electronically via our website http://www.bnt.bs/_m1866/BNH-Conference. Follow this link for more information: BNHC…

CEI Researchers attend the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference

CEI’s Dr Jocelyn Curtis-Quick and Skylar Millar attended the 66th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute conference in Corpus Christi Texas last week. Jocelyn presented the research that her team and…

Intern Bio: Kylie Bloodsworth

Kylie grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received in a Bachelor’s of Arts in French Language Studies and a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of St. Thomas…

Outreach at local Wemyss Bight Primary School

Tiffany Gray, the Lead Outdoor Educator at CEI and Franchesca Bethell, a lionfish intern at CEI and a former BESS Island School alumni, recently had the opportunity to teach the…

Call for abstracts- Mangroves Symposium in Mexico

  Mazatlan, Mexico April 7 – 12, 2014 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS NOW OPEN! For online abstract submission and registration information, go to:www.wdmeeting2014.wordpress.com/abstracts/ For general information on the symposium, go to: www.fishconserve.org…

Bonefish Tagging in Andros South

Bonefish tagging has been taking place on a large scale in the south of Andros this week. Zack Jud from the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and Stacey Dorman and Carl…

CEI Research Team conducts beach plastic surveys

With every researcher at CEI always on the go, managing their own research projects, they hardly have time to get a feel for other projects going on at the institute.…

CEI Outreach at schools in North Eleuthera

Miss Kristal Ambrose, CEI’s Marine Plastic Pollution Specialist, and Tiffany Gray, CEI’s Lead Outdoor Educator, made a visit to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students at North Eleuthera Primary to talk…

Gap Year Students Perform Shallow Water Conch Surveys

This fall the gap year team has undertaken the task of completing Fall 2013 shallow water conch surveys. Once complete this data will be a part of a larger effort…

CEI Flats Ecology team collaborates with DCMS to learn about mangroves

On Friday, September 27, students from Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) met with staff from the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) at Paige Creek to discuss mangrove ecosystems. Tiffany Gray, lead…

CEI Spring 2014 Internships- Apply NOW!

Interested in an internship at the Cape Eleuthera Institute? CEI is currently hiring interns for Spring 2014. The deadline to submit applications is October 1st. Please follow this link to…

New graduate housing facility

The Island School along with Cape Eleuthera Institute and the new Center for Sustainable Development are attracting young professionals from around the world looking for post graduate level experience in…

Meet our Fall Gap Year Students

Here are short bios from our three Gap Year students:Eryn Dioli: My name is Eryn Dioli and I just graduated from high school in June of 2013. I’m taking a gap…

CEI’s Sea Turtle Researchers visit Fishbone Tours in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera

Annabelle Brooks and Meagan Gary, researchers with the CEI Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program, recently spent a day in Savannah Sound, Central Eleuthera, with Fishbone Tours (http://www.fishbonetours.com/). Established by…

Highlighting 3 Fall Interns with the Lionfish/Conch Programs

This Fall semester, The Lionfish and Conch Programs decided to do something new. They instituted a dual internship, which would focus on sustainable fisheries and marine conservation; interns would work…

Lionfish Research Manager Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick expands the program over the past year

This September marks the one year anniversary of the arrival of the current Lionfish Research and Education Program (LREP) manager, Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick.  Jocelyn is a marine ecologist with over…

A Spotlight on CEI’s new Research Assistants

Here are brief bios from CEI’s three fall research assistants:Ian Bouyoucos graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. This research assistant position is…

Shark team recovers satellite tags as part of ongoing project

Last Thursday our shark team, captained by Dr. Edward Brooks, embarked on another exciting satellite tag recovery to the Exumas – a small group of cays situated due west of…

Rapid Ecological Assessment in Abaco, aided by CEI staff

Last weekend, Bahamas National Trust (BNT) made headway in their Rapid Ecological Assessment of Cross Harbour, Abaco. This REA will gather important ecological data to help establish a baseline for long-term…

Abaco Flats Program – a joint effort between CEI and Friends of the Environment

Last week Justin Lewis, from Grand Bahama, Zack Jud, from Florida International University and Tiffany Gray, from Cape Eleuthera Institute, worked with Cassandra Abraham at Friends of the Environment in…

Camden Hills returns for their fourth year joined by Oceanside and Medomak

This blog was written by the 18 incredible students visiting us from Maine.Campus Life The Island School/CEI is located in Cape Eleuthera. The campus faces the water with exotic beaches…

Second Deep Creek Camp of the summer at CEI

CEI just completed the second Eleuthera Explorer’s Camp this summer! Camp culminated with presentations for parents at Island School. This gave campers a chance to share what experiences got them…

Space 2 Explore Camp teaches Eleutheran youth about marine conservation

Space 2 Create, a non profit summer day camp for the youth of Harbour Island, Eleuthera, joined forces with The Cape Eleuthera Institute to initiate Space 2 Explore, a program…

Shallow water conch surveys used to evaluate the local juvenile population

Due to overfishing for food and export, The Bahamas are one of the only countries with a large population of queen conch left, and we are very keen to try…

CEI represented at the American Elasmobranch Society Conference

The 2013 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists was held July 10 -15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The American Elasmobranch Society participated by hosting 5 days of shark and ray research presentations, and…

Seatrek Fathoms sail into CEI for a 10 day trip

This week we said ‘bon voyage’ to an amazing group of students, staff and crew from Seatrek Fathoms. They graced us with their presence for 10 days of science, fun,…

Newcastle University from the UK sends undergraduates to collect data at CEI

Seven undergraduate students from Newcastle University have been on campus since July 1, assimilating with various research groups at CEI. Each student is working on an individual project for their…

SeaTrek’s Time at CEI

Cape Eleuthera Institute said goodbye this week to SeaTrek, a group of students aboard a sailing, scuba, and marine biology expedition. They kept a very detailed blog during their time…

South Eleuthera Explorers Camp at CEI

Last week the Cape Eleuthera Institute and the Island School welcomed 18 South Eleutheran children to campus for a sleep away camp focusing on the world we live in and…

Lionfish team completes July patch reef surveys

The lionfish team has recently finished their fish abundance surveys, which are undertaken every three months. They visited sixteen reef patches in the Exuma Sound over three days. There are…

New staff bio for Dr. Owen R. O’Shea

Here is a brief background on our new Shark Research Associate, Dr. Owen R. O’Shea:I am a marine ecologist with a background in coral reef ecology and elasmobranch biology. I…

BREEF Seacamp at CEI

After leading the Deep Creek Natural History Camp, two of our Educational Programs staff helped out with the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) week-long SeaCamp. They met up with…

Stress and the Incredible Checkered Puffer

How do fish handle stress? With the rise of human and climate related stressors, researchers are actively exploring how fish react to these conditions. Naomi Pleizier, a MSc. student from…

Deep Creek Kids Discover the Life in the Creeks

Last week our Educational team led a three day natural history camp for nine kids from Deep Creek and the surrounding settlements. In addition to camp songs, rounds of the…

Eleutheran Explorers have adventures at CEI

The Eleutheran Explorers Camp is quickly approaching day 4. It’s true what they say about how time flies when you’re having fun! The last few days have been filled with…

SFU Researcher is studying yellow stingrays at CEI

In order to better understand the ecological role of the Yellow Stingray, Urobatis jamaicensis, team SFU has been performing some baseline stingray surveys each Saturday. What happens on Stingray Saturdays? There are sixteen survey sites (patch reefs)…

Pacific Ridge School experiences the Atlantic 2013

The past 12 days have been a whirlwind for a group of 15 students from Carlsbad, Northern San Diego, California. The first week of the program, the students embarked in…

Lionfish Researcher Invasion

Currently CEI is overrun with lionfish researchers; it’s an invasion!The Oregon State University has a team of 6 here. The renowned lionfish researcher Dr. Mark Hixon was also on site for…

Senior Students (Re) Visit CEI!

The week of May 20th we had four senior students Ian, Kyle, Annie & Cyrus, join us at CEI to work on their senior projects. Three of the four students…

REU group has 2 week stay at CEI

The Research Experience for Undergrads- Bahamas group just completed a two week stay in Eleuthera. While down here, they participated in some archaeological research, and blogged about it! Check out…

Wemyss Bight Primary School Meets live animals at The Island School and CEI May 28, 2013 & June 6, 2013

The Grade twos and threes from Wemyss Bight Primary School have each come to visit The Island School campus and learn all about how animals get their food, water and…

Conch Fest 2013

This past weekend, CEI participated in Conch Fest, the Homecoming celebration for the settlement of Deep Creek, where several CEI staff call home. The focus of this year’s booth was…

Spring 2013 CEI/IS Research Symposium was a success!

This past Saturday, CEI and IS hosted their Spring 2013 Research Symposium. The event consisted of research presentations and poster sessions, where Island School students got the chance to present…

CEI Symposium, a chance to highlight work done this spring

Last week, our second CEI Symposium kicked off with the first night of presentations by Liz Underwood on lionfish reproduction sites, Skylar Miller discussing larval lionfish recruitment, Maddy Young on…

Parents Weekend Research Presentations

For those of you hoping to watch your child’s research presentation again, you’re in luck! We have posted all of the Parents Weekend Research Presentations on YouTube for you and…

Parents Weekend Spring 2013

This past weekend, the CEI and Island School campus had many visitors eager to hear about CEI research- Island School parents! Parents attended presentations given by IS students on current…

Mangrove nursery established in McKinney Creek on the Island School campus

A new project focused on the rehabilitation of tidal mangrove creeks in South Eleuthera has been put into action by the Flats Ecology and Conservation Program. A part of this…

More beach plastic surveys around Cape Eleuthera

The plastic pioneers of CEI have struck again!  Recently the Cape Eleuthera Institute embarked on a historical project studying macro and micro  plastic pollution on beaches in South Eleuthera. This…

Human Ecology Intensives

During kayak rotations this term, students had the chance to do what we call an ‘Intensive’ for Human Ecology class. Students focused on one project to develop the viable solutions,…

Deadlines extended for summer camps at at CEI!

Attention! Deadline for registration for CEI’s Eleutheran Explorer’s Camp, Shark Week, Flats Week, and the new Turtle Week has been extended to JUNE 15. Please see the links below for…

Aquaculture team moves the off-shore cage

Last October, Hurricane Sandy caused a dilemma by shifting the off-shore aquaculture cage. Last week the aquaculture team, along with the help of a number of CEI and IS faculty…

SFU sends two scientists to study lionfish in the food web

Here are two short bios from two visiting scientists from Simon Fraser University: Luis- I am a marine ecologist with background in oceanography and fisheries ecology; my research interests are…

St. Andrews visits CEI

Last week, Educational Programs at CEI had their hands full with two classes hailing from St. Andrew’s School in Nassau, home of the Hurricanes. The first class, a group of…

April patch reef surveys completed by Lionfish Research team

Last week, the lionfish team here at CEI got out of the office and spent their working hours underwater- about 14 hours to be exact! They conducted a round of…

Conchservation Launch at Saturday’s Earth Day Event

This past Saturday was the launch of the national Conchservation campaign, as part of One Eleuthera’s Earth Day event at the Rock Sound Ocean Hole. CEI had researchers and staff…

Tourism and Coastal Development Symposium on CEI campus

This past Thursday, April 18, the Island School and CEI hosted a Tourism and Coastal Development Symposium. This event was organized by CEI, One Eleuthera, the Kinship Conservation Fellows, and…

Island School students present introductions to their research projects

This past week, the SP13 Island School students presented Project Introduction presentations to their peers, staff, faculty, and the many visitors on campus. These presentations gave the students a chance…

Emma Cooper Primary School visits the CEI campus

Emma E. Cooper Primary school joined us last week for an afternoon tour. However, this was no typical tour of campus! The entire primary school came with Kindergarten through grade…

Lionfish research class has a new focus on lionfish interactions with lobster

This semester the Lionfish Island School Research Class students will focus on the interaction between the invasive lionfish and the native spiny lobster. It has been scientifically established that the…

Plastic Pollution Project starts at CEI

On Thursday of last week, the Marine Plastic Pollution Team at CEI embarked on their first full day of plastic research. The team, which was led by Kristal Ambrose and…

CEI has an outreach booth at the Rock Sound Homecoming!

CEI attended the 2013 Rock Sound Homecoming as part of their community outreach, and engaged the local community members in a conversation about marine conservation. The CEI booth was packed…

Oregon State University Lionfish Lab hits the reefs of South Eleuthera

For the past two weeks, Mark Hixon’s graduate students from Oregon State University (Alex Davis, Tye Kindinger, and Lillian Tuttle) have been busy SCUBA diving on their experimental reefs where…

Another visiting program experiences Eleuthera!

This eyewitness account was written by a student in the University School-Hathaway Brown Program: Before getting started, allow me to explain one reason why the Island School was such an…

CEI/Island School Bridge to Shark Research in South Africa

On the Maxey’s recent trip to South Africa, Chris Maxey had the opportunity to visit the Save our Seas Shark Research Centre and met with Michael C. Scholl, CEO of Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF). Michael is interested…

Earthwatch visits CEI

For ten days, seven volunteers representing four countries came to CEI to assist with data collection for a long term research project led by Dr Alastair Harborne from the Marine…

Interested in a CEI summer or fall internship?

Call for marine ecology, sustainable food production, and renewable energy-related intern applicants!Interested in gaining experience in the marine sciences?  Perhaps sustainable living and food production?  Please note the approaching application…

Ice, Ice, Baby; It’s Getting Hot in Here!

Researchers with the Flats Ecology and Conservation Program are studying the critical thermal minimums (CTmin) and maximums (CTmax) of fish species representative of tropical nearshore flats and mangrove creek ecosystems.…

Wemyss Bight Primary School visits CEI!

On Tuesday morning, CEI had an exciting visit from a local South Eleuthera primary school, Wemyss Bight Primary. Mrs. Paul’s grade 4 class came for a morning field trip as…

Intern profile: Melissa Dick

Here is a short bio from the Flats intern Melissa:I grew up in the countryside of Gatineau, Quebec, Canada where I developed a love for the outdoors and learning about…

Fun activites on Foundation Day!

CEI staff came together with Island School and Deep Creek Middle School staff to celebrate the Cape Eleuthera Foundation. The day included an afternoon of fun activities and a beach…

Intern Profile: Elizabeth Underwood dives with lionfish!

Here is a short bio on Lionfish Research and Education Program intern Elizabeth Underwood:I’m originally from Atlanta, GA and my passion for marine biology research really took off when I…

CEI partners with One Eleuthera and Out Island Eco Company to provide alternative disposable products to styrofoam on Eleuthera

The Island School and CEI’s journey to becoming a zero-waste campus while extending theconcepts of this model to our neighbors on the island of Eleuthera has taken patience, but we…

Eleuthera’s Efforts to Eliminate Styrofoam

Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) partners with One Eleuthera and Out Island Eco Company to provide alternative disposable products to Styrofoam, on the Island of Eleuthera. The Island School and CEI’s journey…

CEI is teeming with young scientists!

Last week, 22 middle school students from the Lillian and Betty Ratner School in Pepper Pike, Ohio visited The Islands School and CEI. Over the course of the week, Ratner…

Where can I recycle in the US?

Have you ever wanted to recycle some items but didn’t know where to go? Now, there’s an app for that!Follow the link to learn more about this smartphone app “iRecycle”:…

Lobster ranching at CEI!

In an effort to reduce the amount of organic waste produced by the various branches at CEI that utilize the wet-lab facility, a Caribbean Spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) ranching project was initiated…

Vermont Commons visits CEI and has a blast under the sea!

A group of 12 students, 8th – 12th grade, from Vermont Commons School in South Burlington, Vermont, is off after a week of SCUBA diving and research. This was their…

Exciting juvenile bonefish research at CEI!

Since May 2011, Christopher Haak, a PhD student (and avid fisherman) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, along with other scientists, has been trying to solve the mystery of where…

The Island School Hosts New York Harbor School SCUBA Divers

Last week The Island School hosted 12 SCUBA divers from the New York Harbor School. Accompanying the divers were dive instructors Liv Dillon and Joe Gessert and board member Eli…

Carleton University visits CEI to study coral reef communities

From December 27th, 2012 to January 10th, 2013 a field course from Carleton University, led by Dr. Nigel Waltho and coordinated by the Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology, came…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Construction continues on new Resources Building

January 2013 has seen lots of action at CEI; programs are visiting, research is ongoing, and buildings are going up. Carter Brown (SP09) visited CEI for a week to assist…

Visiting program gets up close and personal with sea turtles!

Recently, students from the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM), hailing from Limestone, Maine, spent their 2 week J-Term learning about sea turtle research and conservation at CEI.While here…

CEI researcher Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick gives presentation for the World Wildlife Fund

Over the holiday break, CEI Lionfish Research and Education Program Manager Dr. Jocelyn Curtis-Quick took a trip to the states to promote CEI lionfish research. She traveled to the World…

Aquaponics lettuce harvest

The Aquaponics team has been busy harvesting lettuce throughout the holiday season. Before Christmas, Kristal Ambrose, Aquaponics technician, along with interns and other staff, harvested a total of 45 lbs.…

Hope College visits Eleuthera

On December 13, six college students from Holland, Michigan’s Hope College arrived on campus to participate in a week-long field course focusing on Island Ecology and Geology. Led by Professor Brian Bodenbender, the…

New Aquaculture intern profile: Thomas Keet

While CEI will be welcoming a new bunch of Spring interns in January, one intern is already at CEI, getting off to an early start in the Sustainable Aquaculture Program.Tom…

First Bio-Gas Stove in The Bahamas Installed at The Island School!

Check out the press release in The Eleutheran about the first bio-gas stove in The Bahamas installed at The Island School! The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) are eager…

National Geographic Photo Camp at CEI

Last week CEI had the opportunity to host 20 Bahamian students from Freeport, Nassau and Crooked Island for National Geographic’s Photo Camp. This camp was the culmination of the Youth…

28th Research Symposium recently held at the Cape Eleuthera Island School

This past Saturday, December 1st, marked CEI’s 28th Research Symposium. During the Symposium, Island School students got the chance to showcase the culmination of a semester’s worth of research to…

Parents’ Weekend Fall 2012

This November, CEI was flooded with over 100 guests as The Island School hosted Parents’ Weekend for all 45 students. The week was full of tours around campus, a student…

Maxey Celebrates a Monumental Research Symposium

Dear Proud Parents, We circled up at noon; I was moved to tell your children in the more intimate moment of our small circle how proud I am of the…

Fall 2012 Cobia Harvest

For the first time in almost 3 years the aquaculture team is harvesting fish from their offshore cage! The fish will be eaten in the Island School’s dining hall as…

Prawns + Aquaponics = Three Course Meal!

The aquaponics system at CEI produces enough lettuce to feed our community twice a day, seven days a week.  The fish production is increasing in the next year, and provides…

New shuttle box trials being conducted at CEI

CEI recently started performing shuttle box experiments in the wet lab. The set-up of the shuttle box system is simple: two tanks are connected through a short “walkway”, and above…

CEI researchers and affiliates meet with members of the Bahamian government to discuss marine conservation

CEI researcher Aaron Shultz along with Fisheries Conservation Foundation chair Dave Philipp, Illinois Natural History Survey Fisheries Biologist Julie Claussen, and a young member of the CEI boathouse staff Mally…

Spotlight on Master’s student at CEI: Liane Nowell, Carleton University

I started my master’s at CEI in association with Carleton University in May 2012. I will be studying the thermal biology and spatial ecology of bonefish (for global warming implications)…

Biodigester Comes Online as the Newest Piece of Energy Puzzle

In recent weeks, the CEI/IS biodigestion system has quietly been generating an unheralded form of renewable energy: biogas. Although biodigestion is the most recent addition to the renewable energy scheme…

Job Openings at Cape Eleuthera Institute

The Cape Eleuthera Institute currently has a number of  job openings. If you are interested in applying to the CEI Aquaculture Manager,  CEI Aquaponics System Manager, Assistant Lead Educator, Early…

Game, Set, Patch!

By: Korinna Garfield, Sam Hastings, Atalanta von der Schulenburg, Maggie Bland, & Nathaniel Millard [slideshow] Hello! We are team Patch! On this research project we are looking at the spatial and temporal…

Sea Turtle Team

[slideshow] Sea turtles are on the endangered species Red List. The most common species of turtle found in the Bahamas is the green turtle, which we are studying. Previous studies in…

Conche Diem!

Our research group is determining the population density of Queen Conch (pronounced “conk”) in South Eleuthera. Specifically, we are seeing if there is enough conch in the area for reproduction,…

Culturing Penshells at the Cape Eleuthera Institute

Two weeks ago the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) harvested over one hundred black penshells from a beautiful beach at Ten Bay, located near Palmetto Point. Penshells are a kind of…

Culturing Penshells at the Cape Eleuthera Institute

Two weeks ago the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) harvested over one hundred black penshells from a beautiful beach at Ten Bay, located near Palmetto Point. Penshells are a kind of…

Dr. Sylvia Earle at BLUE Ocean Film Festival

[slideshow] CEI Research Assistants, Brendan Talwar and Ian Rossiter created a stop motion film during their time as interns last spring. The video was so impressive and got such great…

CEI’s Kristal Ambrose as Guest Speaker at Bahamas National Trust

Last week the Bahamas National Trust hosted Kristal Ambrose, Aquaponics Technician at Cape Eleuthera Institute, as a public meeting guest speaker. The topic for the evening featured her internship to…

CEI’s Kristal Ambrose as Guest Speaker at Bahamas National Trust

Last week the Bahamas National Trust hosted Kristal Ambrose, Aquaponics Technician at Cape Eleuthera Institute, as a public meeting guest speaker. The topic for the evening featured her internship to…

Island School Students’ First Week of Research Class

Research classes kicked off this week for The Island School students. On Tuesday, students broke into their 8 different research groups and spent the afternoon getting to know their research…

Island School Students’ First Week of Research Class

Research classes kicked off this week for The Island School students. On Tuesday, students broke into their 8 different research groups and spent the afternoon getting to know their research…

The Story of Sharks

Last spring, CEI interns, Brendan Talwar and Ian Rossiter, created a short film about the endangerment of sharks to share with the public at the Governor’s Harbour Agricultural Expo. They…

The Story of Sharks

Last spring, CEI interns, Brendan Talwar and Ian Rossiter, created a short film about the endangerment of sharks to share with the public at the Governor’s Harbour Agricultural Expo. They…

CEI’s Liane Nowell Embarks on her Masters on the Cape

After graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Biology, Liane was offered a job at CEI working in the Flats Ecology and Conservation Program. She…

OSU’s Dr. Mark Hixon at CEI

Dr. Mark Hixon plus four graduate students have been conducting lionfish research at CEI this summer. Dr. Hixon is the most cited coral reef biologist in the last decade and…

OSU’s Dr. Mark Hixon at CEI

Dr. Mark Hixon plus four graduate students have been conducting lionfish research at CEI this summer. Dr. Hixon is the most cited coral reef biologist in the last decade and…

Growing Power!

Last week The Island School orchard received its first dose of steroids from the biodigester. The Island School biodigester uses naturally occurring bacteria to generate renewable energy and sterilize our…

Growing Power!

Last week The Island School orchard received its first dose of steroids from the biodigester. The Island School biodigester uses naturally occurring bacteria to generate renewable energy and sterilize our…

Water Quality Testing and the Biodigestion Process

Water is the most important resource available to CEI and Island School. We drink it, we bathe in it, we cook with it, and it all comes from the rain.…

Water Quality Testing and the Biodigestion Process

Water is the most important resource available to CEI and Island School. We drink it, we bathe in it, we cook with it, and it all comes from the rain.…

Thousands of Tilapia for Aquaponics Team

The Aquaponics research team at The Cape Eleuthera Institute has successfully hatched nearly two thousand tilapia eggs. Eggs were removed from the mouths of the female brood stock and transferred…

Thousands of Tilapia for Aquaponics Team

The Aquaponics research team at The Cape Eleuthera Institute has successfully hatched nearly two thousand tilapia eggs. Eggs were removed from the mouths of the female brood stock and transferred…

Summer Shark Intern Blog: Grace Dennis (Su’10)

I’m Grace Dennis, one of the shark interns for the summer. I’m from Houston, TX and study Environmental Biology and Economics at Colgate University. This is my third summer on…

Summer Shark Intern Blog: Grace Dennis (Su’10)

I’m Grace Dennis, one of the shark interns for the summer. I’m from Houston, TX and study Environmental Biology and Economics at Colgate University. This is my third summer on…

Earthwatch Bahamas Comes to CEI

By Shu Hee (Sophie) Kim [slideshow] As I arrived in Nassau Airport on July 6th, I remember finding refuge among the small group of other teens wearing olive green Earthwatch…

Summer Intern Blog: Shark Intern, Chris Daniell (F’10) & Boathouse Intern, H. Hoell

Chris DaniellHello! My name is Chris Daniell, Shark Intern and IS alum, and thank you for reading my blog post! Being a student at the Island School was the most…

Summer Intern Blog: Shark Intern, Chris Daniell (F’10) & Boathouse Intern, H. Hoell

Chris Daniell Hello! My name is Chris Daniell, Shark Intern and IS alum, and thank you for reading my blog post! Being a student at the Island School was the…

Summer Systems Intern Blog: Stephan Grabner

As a Systems Intern at CEI this summer, I will work with Matt Poss, Sam Kenworthy and other members of the facilities team for the next two months. Although my…

Summer Systems Intern Blog: Stephan Grabner

As a Systems Intern at CEI this summer, I will work with Matt Poss, Sam Kenworthy and other members of the facilities team for the next two months. Although my…

Cobia Moved to the Aquaculture Cage!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omqXE31qC0w&feature=youtu.be The aquaculture program here is running essentially a model system for the commercial aquaculture industry; we aim to display that (delicious) carnivorous fish, cobia in our case, can be…

Summer Aquaculture Intern Blog: Drew Villeneuve

Hey Everybody! My name is Drew and I am an Aquaculture intern at CEI this summer. I’m from Maryland and just graduated from high school in DC; I will be…

Summer Aquaculture Intern Blog: Drew Villeneuve

Hey Everybody! My name is Drew and I am an Aquaculture intern at CEI this summer. I’m from Maryland and just graduated from high school in DC; I will be…

UNC-Chapel Hill Morehead Cain-Scholar Interning at CEI

We are thrilled to have UNC-Chapel Hill Morehead-Cain scholar Stephan Grabner with us this summer!  Stephan joins us as the CEI Systems Intern on his third summer of the four-summer…

UNC-Chapel Hill Morehead Cain-Scholar Interning at CEI

We are thrilled to have UNC-Chapel Hill Morehead-Cain scholar Stephan Grabner with us this summer!  Stephan joins us as the CEI Systems Intern on his third summer of the four-summer…

CEI Welcomes its Summer Interns, Including Six IS Alumni

This week, 16 summer interns arrived on Eleuthera to work at Cape Eleuthera Institute. Of those 16, we were excited to welcome back 6 Island School alumni who spent a…

CEI Welcomes its Summer Interns, Including Six IS Alumni

This week, 16 summer interns arrived on Eleuthera to work at Cape Eleuthera Institute. Of those 16, we were excited to welcome back 6 Island School alumni who spent a…

Orvis’s Perk Perkins Visits The Island School and CEI

This week, the CEO of Orvis, Perk Perkins, cruised through Cape Eleuthera. Perk is on a sabbatical from Orvis and is spending his time sailing throughout the Caribbean. He stopped…

High School Senior Projects at CEI

This spring, two high school seniors, Louise Shiverick (F’10) and Sam Falkson, came down to Eleuthera to work at the Cape Eleuthera Institute for their senior project. Read about their…

High School Senior Projects at CEI

This spring, two high school seniors, Louise Shiverick (F’10) and Sam Falkson, came down to Eleuthera to work at the Cape Eleuthera Institute for their senior project. Read about their…

CEI’s Booth at Conch Fest

Last week, the nearby settlement of Deep Creek had their annual homecoming called Conch Fest. The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) set up a booth amongst all of the conch fritter…

CEI’s Booth at Conch Fest

Last week, the nearby settlement of Deep Creek had their annual homecoming called Conch Fest. The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) set up a booth amongst all of the conch fritter…

Pacific Ridge School’s First Few Days at The Island School

The past two days have been primarily taken up with learning about and surveying green sea turtles in the local sounds and creeks. We began yesterday with a mini-class taught…

Pacific Ridge School’s First Few Days at The Island School

The past two days have been primarily taken up with learning about and surveying green sea turtles in the local sounds and creeks. We began yesterday with a mini-class taught…

Carleton University Students Studying Thermal Tolerances in the Checkered Puffer Fish and Bonefish at CEI

[slideshow] Two students from Carleton University in Ottawa, Felicia St-Louis and Petra Szekeres, will be on The Island School campus until June 19th collecting data for their research on the…

Carleton University Students Studying Thermal Tolerances in the Checkered Puffer Fish and Bonefish at CEI

[slideshow]Two students from Carleton University in Ottawa, Felicia St-Louis and Petra Szekeres, will be on The Island School campus until June 19th collecting data for their research on the thermal…

On Plastic Research Expedition with Kristal Ambrose

Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Kristal Ambrose embarked on her epic journey to of plastic research, leaving on April 24th.. From Nassau, Bahamas to Texas, USA; from Tokyo, Japan to Guam; and…

On Plastic Research Expedition with Kristal Ambrose

Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Kristal Ambrose embarked on her epic journey to of plastic research, leaving on April 24th.. From Nassau, Bahamas to Texas, USA; from Tokyo, Japan to Guam; and…

Dartmouth PhD Student Studying Bahamian Lizards at CEI

A PhD student from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Mike Logan, will be on the Island School campus until May 31st collecting data for his research on thermal adaptation in…

Dartmouth PhD Student Studying Bahamian Lizards at CEI

A PhD student from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Mike Logan, will be on the Island School campus until May 31st collecting data for his research on thermal adaptation in…

Pete Muñoz of Natural Systems International Visits the Cape

Earlier this April, CEI was fortunate enough to have a visit from Pete Muñoz of Natural Systems International, which specializes in ecological engineering and biotechnology. Pete’s background includes extensive work…

CEI’s Kristal Ambrose Sets Sail

Over the course of three days in early February, 5 Gyres scientist Marcus Ericksen hosted a conference at the Cape Eleuthera Institute for educators on the impact of marine plastic…

Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop at CEI

The next “Lionfish Collecting and Handling” Workshop organized by REEF in collaboration with the SPAW RAC will take place on May 15-18, 2012 at the Cape Eleuthera Institue. The workshop…

Hallig House Grand Opening!

[slideshow] The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) welcomed government officials, Bahamian dignitaries and esteemed guests to the grand opening of its Hallig House. The event was celebrated within the context of…

RSMAS to Offer Masters Program at CEI Fall 2012

The Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at University of Miami has announced its new Coastal Sustainability Science and Practice Track through their Master of Professional Science Program.…

RSMAS to Offer Masters Program at CEI Fall 2012

The Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at University of Miami has announced its new Coastal Sustainability Science and Practice Track through their Master of Professional Science Program.…

Carleton University Research at CEI

Researchers from Carleton University (Cooke Lab) was at CEI last week studying flats ecology. The team is determining whether radio tags can be used to track the movements of checkered…

Carleton University Research at CEI

Researchers from Carleton University (Cooke Lab) was at CEI last week studying flats ecology. The team is determining whether radio tags can be used to track the movements of checkered…

Recreating a Historical Shark Research Project

[slideshow]The joint CEI and University of Illinois shark research team just returned from the second of four, 2 week field expeditions to a shallow bank known as “the bridge” that…

Recreating a Historical Shark Research Project

[slideshow] The joint CEI and University of Illinois shark research team just returned from the second of four, 2 week field expeditions to a shallow bank known as “the bridge”…

New Shark Resistant Netting on CEI’s Aquaculture Cage

This fall the Cape Eleuthera Institute installed a new shark-resistant netting called PREDATOR-X on CEI’s off-shore aquaculture cage. The netting was developed in partnership with NET Systems, Inc., and DSM…

New Shark Resistant Netting on CEI’s Aquaculture Cage

This fall the Cape Eleuthera Institute installed a new shark-resistant netting called PREDATOR-X on CEI’s off-shore aquaculture cage. The netting was developed in partnership with NET Systems, Inc., and DSM…

Mask and Snorkel Donation

This fall, Cape Eleuthera Institute’s conch research intern from the College of the Bahamas, Tarran Simms, facilitated the donation of 500 masks & snorkels from Dolphin Cay at Atlantis resort…

Mask and Snorkel Donation

This fall, Cape Eleuthera Institute’s conch research intern from the College of the Bahamas, Tarran Simms, facilitated the donation of 500 masks & snorkels from Dolphin Cay at Atlantis resort…

Introducing CEI Research Assistants Jason Selwyn and Mike Piersiak!

My name is Jason and last semester I came to CEI as an intern with the Lionfish program. While working here I got to work on things ranging from catching…

More Baby Fish Have Arrived!

On Friday, January 27th half a million eggs arrived from Miami, Florida! They were placed in an incubation tank, where they hatched early Saturday morning. To the naked eye they…

More Baby Fish Have Arrived!

On Friday, January 27th half a million eggs arrived from Miami, Florida! They were placed in an incubation tank, where they hatched early Saturday morning. To the naked eye they…

Lionfish Research at CEI Adjusts Its Focus

[slideshow] The Lionfish Research and Education Program (LREP) at CEI has already had an exciting start to 2012! Last year, research efforts were focused on a lionfish removal study to…

CEI at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference

Last week members of the Cape Eleuthera Institute attended the 5th Abaco Science Alliance Conference. Every two years Friends of the Environment host this conference that showcases research being done…

CEI at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference

Last week members of the Cape Eleuthera Institute attended the 5th Abaco Science Alliance Conference. Every two years Friends of the Environment host this conference that showcases research being done…

The SeaStation Has a Brand New Net!

After a year and a half of trial and error CEI’s aquaculture cage has been refitted with shark resistant netting! Last Wednesday the aquaculture team, along with help from the…

The SeaStation Has a Brand New Net!

After a year and a half of trial and error CEI’s aquaculture cage has been refitted with shark resistant netting! Last Wednesday the aquaculture team, along with help from the…

CEI November Shark Expedition

[slideshow]The Geronimo, an experiential education vessel operated by St. George’s School from Newport, Rhode Island, under the direction of Captain Stephen Connett, conducted shark research cruises from the early 1970’s…

CEI November Shark Expedition

[slideshow] The Geronimo, an experiential education vessel operated by St. George’s School from Newport, Rhode Island, under the direction of Captain Stephen Connett, conducted shark research cruises from the early…

“Conference Caffeine”

[slideshow]For those of us in the professional workplace, we know all too well that our day-to-day can get overwhelming, disheartening and sometimes banal. Even scientists, as exciting as our research…

“Conference Caffeine”

[slideshow] For those of us in the professional workplace, we know all too well that our day-to-day can get overwhelming, disheartening and sometimes banal. Even scientists, as exciting as our…

CEI Enters Grant Proposal to Solution Search

Over the past few weeks, Dave Philipp, Julie Claussen, Peter Zdrojewski, Skylar Miller, and Liane Nowell, scientists and faculty members from CEI and Island School have been working on a…

CEI Enters Grant Proposal to Solution Search

Over the past few weeks, Dave Philipp, Julie Claussen, Peter Zdrojewski, Skylar Miller, and Liane Nowell, scientists and faculty members from CEI and Island School have been working on a…

Introduction to Aquaponics Research

[slideshow] This semester’s Aquaponics team is now five weeks into our feed experiment testing the viability of fish silage as food for our Tilapia.  Our team consists of the students,…

Moving Planet Day Video!

Watch how we “propagated awareness one propagule at a time” in this video of our event for 350.org’s Moving Planet Day! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7z7QJGH7AY

Carlton University Field Course Videos

Every winter for the past few years, the Cape Eleuthera Institute has hosted biologist Nigel Waltho and a group of students from Carlton University in Ottawa, Ontario for a two-week…

Carlton University Field Course Videos

Every winter for the past few years, the Cape Eleuthera Institute has hosted biologist Nigel Waltho and a group of students from Carlton University in Ottawa, Ontario for a two-week…

Propagating Awareness, One Propagule at a Time!

Our 350.org event for Moving Planet Day got posted on the official site! Check it out here and let us know what YOU are doing to “move beyond fossil fuels”…

Aquaculture Research Class

[slideshow]Digging my fingers into the dog food like fish meal, I grabbed a handful and tossed it into the large tank filled with ravenous cobia. This is one moment that…

Apprentice Profile: Serrano Gibson

Serrano Gibson of Wemyss Bight joins us at on campus as part of the  apprentice programme this summer, working under Marco. Below are some of his thoughts on working here:…

Alumni On Campus: Hannah Druckenmiller

Hannah Druckenmiller (F07) is back on Eleuthera, this time as an intern at CEI. She joins the aquaculture team this summer in between semesters at The Leland Stanford Junior University,…

Bahamian Apprentice Programme Expands at Cape Eleuthera Island School

[slideshow] On the tip of Eleuthera, the Cape Eleuthera Island School is continuing to expand its Bahamian Apprentice programme. This summer, six Bahamians are joining teachers, researchers, mechanics and farmers…

Bahamian Apprentice Spotlight: Perry Forbes

Perry Forbes is from Wemyss Bight and is a student at St. John’s University in Minnesota. His major is environmental management, and he is back at CEI this year to…

Fish Silage: Turning Fish into Fertilizer

Island School students, Aldis, Brett, and Sara are doing a human ecology project that utilizes the cobia harvesting waste into livestock feed and fertilizer, trying to further close the loop…

It is official, Gobies clean brood stock cobia!

What an exciting Monday morning for aquaculture! We now have 3 goby breeding pairs that have all laid eggs this week. Our most recent pair needed to be separated from…

Cave Divers Present to IS and CEI

In the last week of March, The Island School campus had the honor of hosting cave diver, Brian Kakuk and his team at The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute.…

Summer and Fall Opportunities

Shark Week Students are invited to join the shark research team to learn about the biology and ecology of Bahamian sharks. This course will be split equally between classes on…

Second day of Flats Research Class

After an hour and a half of extensive reading and analyzing of the many Flats scientific papers; our focus was diminishing rapidly.  Aaron decided to let us emerge from the…

Shark research

In the new year of 2011 the Shark Research and Conservation program at the Cape Eleuthera Institute has observed changes in juvenile lemon shark capture rates during tidal creek sampling…

Special Delivery

Introducing The Island School Farm’s six newest residents. In the past ten days six baby goats were born to three different mothers, increasing the number of goats living on the…

Dan Rather Reports from the Cape

Dan Rather along with a film crew and a team of producers visited Cape Eleuthera last week to film a piece about lionfish. The piece is for his show on…

Introducing: Aquaponics Research

by Apon students: Brandon, Garneisha, Ashlie, Sasha, George, and Perry. Adventurers of sustainable fish farming Quest to understand why tilapia have a musty flavor Understand how to rid tilapia of…

Congratulations…it’s a cobia!

by: Team Acult Research- Augie Cummings and Lea Luniewicz   Although we were down 3 scientist, Lea and Augie continued the research on the almighty sharknose goby. Earlier in the…

K4 Underway

On Halloween morning, the K4 group departed the Cape for their eight-day voyage. K4 group paddled through the current cut into the Cape Eleuthera Marina and then onto open seas,…

Blog Action Day 2010: WATER

Today, thousands of bloggers from over 125 different countries we are coming together to write about the same issue: WATER. And today, we give you insights, thoughts, facts, and feelings about how…

WATER

Geoff Walton – Director of Facilities – The Cape Eleuthera Foundation I would not exist without water.  All the water that I use to drink, wash, cook and flush my…

FA10 Deep Water Shark Research!

Written by Aubrey, Taylor, Dorothy, Ally, Clay, Liam Not many are aware that little to no information is known on 90% of the ocean. Our goal as the Deep Water…

Interning at Cape Eleuthera Institute

[slideshow] We are interning in Flats Ecology research at the Cape Eleuthera Institute and learning so much about the effects of global climate change on many flats species such as, Queen…

Making Our Own Energy

Greetings from the Energy Research team! In the past few weeks we have been learning background information on the renewable energy systems on our campus and ways to conserve energy.…

The value of our research program

So I composed some of my thoughts today for an article my college is writing about David Philipp and me. (We’re both Lafayette College alum and are now the Chief…