For more than 20 years, our scientists have studied endangered Bahamian rock iguanas and have collaborated with local and international efforts to protect them. Shedd Aquarium’s iguana research expedition is for anyone with a sense of adventure and a desire to make a difference for wildlife conservation. We provide the expertise and equipment, but citizen scientists like you provide the teamwork that makes the project possible.
To apply for this expedition, please send your contact information, along with a summary of related experience/skills, to Hilary Wind at [email protected].
May 29 - June 8, 2020
- Participate in hands-on work alongside researcher Chuck Knapp, Ph.D., and contribute to meaningful assessments of Bahamian rock iguana populations inhabiting Andros Island.
- Sail around several small and large cays to locate iguanas and collect data that will inform management plans. Some of the tagged iguanas have been in our database for decades.
- Explore some of the most beautiful areas of the world with the opportunity to see dolphins, sharks, eagle rays and other marine and terrestrial wildlife.
- Visit iguana nesting sites in hopes of recording one of the most unusual nesting strategies for any lizard—depositing eggs in termite mounds.
- Live on Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II, and experience life conducting conservation research in the field.
Your expert trip leader
Chuck Knapp, Ph.D., has made the conservation of Bahamian rock iguanas his life’s work, and now he is a leading authority on them. At Shedd, Knapp oversees Shedd's conservation research programs with the goal of saving wild animals and imperiled ecosystems.
Shedd Aquarium’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II, will be our primary base of operations and our home during the entire trip. It is equipped with the creature comforts necessary to make such a trip enjoyable. Cabins and heads (marine toilets) are shared, with two single-bed bunks in each stateroom. In addition, the boat is air-conditioned and has its own freshwater system, with hot water for showering. Regular 110-volt service is always available. Please note that Wi-Fi connectivity is not available, although there will be a satellite phone in case of emergencies, and cell roaming is possible when close to the islands. Meals aboard the boat are planned and prepared by our chef.
- 10 nights’ room and board on the R/V Coral Reef II
All meals and nonalcoholic drinks
- Transportation from Miami International Airport to Merrill-Stevens shipyard
- Personal expenses incurred outside of the time you arrive on and depart from the boat.
- Flights to/from Miami, Florida
- Transportation from Merrill-Stevens shipyard to Miami International Airport
- Dinner the first night in Miami
Getting there and home
A valid passport for international travel is required. Once accepted to the program, you will need to make your own travel arrangements to and from Miami. All flights should arrive in Miami between 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Please book your return flight for Monday, June 8, after 3 p.m. Because many airfares are nonrefundable, please confirm with us before finalizing your plans.
Participants must possess the enthusiasm and stamina that it takes to make such an adventure enjoyable and rewarding. Scuba experience is not required (we will not be diving during this expedition). Participants must be able to get in and out of boats and be comfortable hiking over rocky terrain.
Contact [email protected] for further detailed information.
Nature requires flexibility
Activities are weather-dependent and may be subject to change if our guide determines it is necessary.
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