Category Archives: Cape Eleuthera Institute


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 toilet with comes from the sky which is collected off of the roof of the building I live in and stored in a subterranean cistern (or more like an underground bunker for my water).  I take water storage seriously.

The cistern where my water is stored consists of a concrete box, 2 feet thick on all side to make sure it does not crack and resides underneath my apartment building to keep the light out and to help it stay  at a stable temperature to make sure algae does not grow in it.  It is fed by four downspouts that are connected to the roof on my building and has an overflow pipe should it ever rain enough to completely fill the cistern so that water does not overflow into the living room.  The living room (or more accurately  my downstairs neighbors living room as I live in the upstairs apartment) has an inspection hatch that I can open to check the level of the water, or more often is the case, the of lack of water.  I try to use a maximum of 10 gallons of water every day.  There are nine of us living in our apartment building in four different units, collectively we use about 90 gallons of water used each day for the whole building.  The average American uses between 75-100 gallons of water per person per day!  Continue reading


Brady Wheatley – Teacher – The Island School

“Si claro gringita quiero ir a la escuela, pero mi trabajo en la casa es traer el agua.” Of course gringita I want to go to school, but it is my job in the house to bring the water.  My world stood still in this second as I saw the expression of confusion on the five-year-old boy’s face.  I had grown up in a world of plenty. There was always water when I turned on the tap, and on top of that- clean water. Researching the water wars in Bolivia I expected to encounter personally challenging moments in which my interviews didn’t go as planned, or maybe the roads would be blockaded and I couldn’t get through. What I never realized was that in my work examining the “culture of protest” related to the water wars I would have my world flipped upside down. Every day people told me their stories of water struggles- walking 2 hours to get dirty water, filling up buckets on the days the city turned on the water, or worse stories of burying their children for lack of access to clean water. I was naïve, I was spoiled and I was enraged. Continue reading


Sarah Sasek – Student – The Island School

Water—most of us take it for granted on a daily basis, while others cannot find any to drink or bathe in. It goes unnoticed when we leave the water running while brushing our teeth, wash our cars, and run the washing machine and dishwasher. Our busy lives do not have time to appreciate the nature around us; the elements that make the circle of life continue. We do not cherish the cooling sensation as water runs down our throats. Although we immerse ourselves in water in showers, and on hot days in the swimming pool, we ironically run for shelter whenever water rains from the sky.  

Living the last month at The Island School, I have become conscious of the water surrounding me. Its value has increased as my perspective has changed towards recognizing it and appreciating it. Free diving in the Atlantic has awakened me to reconsider my perspective on water Continue reading

FA10 Deep Water Shark Research!

Attaching a satellite tag to a gulper shark

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 Shark research team is to collect data on deep-water shark species, and maybe even discover new species. Through use of 1100 meters of line and extensive deep water surveying, we are catching and tagging deep-water elasmobranchs. After in depth analysis, we hope that this new data will provide a basis for future Island School semesters, but more importantly it will provide knowledge and data for fisheries of the Bahamas, and other researchers.

measuring a shark that got eaten by something bigger while on the line

With little knowledge on what we were doing, we spent our first day out on the water with Dr. Dean Grubbs, an experienced shark researcher and professor from FSU, hauling up the line from the depths of the ocean. Our first day was very successful, as we caught two Big-eyed sixgill sharks, and two Continue reading

Interning at Cape Eleuthera Institute


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 and Milk conch, Checkered pufferfish, Blue crabs, Lobster, Schoolmaster snapper, and soon to come Cobia and Bonefish. We are often in the field perfecting our methods of capture and we assist in designing and constructing experiments to run tests on these various species. For example, we are testing the metabolic rates of most of these marine organisms in a respirometer. Working in the wet lab we’re exposed to the other research projects that are also going on with Aquaponics, Aquaculture, and Shark research. With Flats research, everyday is a new challenge providing the best experiential learning environment.

-Lauren and Tori

Editors Note: Interested in interning at Cape Eleuthera Institute?  Applications are accepted year round for internships in the following fields: open ocean aquaculture, aquaponics, permaculture, and outdoor education.  To find out more information or to submit an application, click here.

Shark Research Team Update

Morgan, Mickey, Peter, Hadley, and Maggie are setting the sampling line from which we hang 15 hooks. Mickey is clipping on one of the hooks while Peter examines one on the lines anchors.

The Shark research team members have been living embodiments of CEI’s favorite saying “If research was easy, everyone would do it.” Unfortunately, they’ve been having to learn it the hard way.  After three trips into Continue reading

Research at The Island School

Front entrance of Cape Eleuthera Institute

A lot of information has been thrown at students this week so they can learn the ropes of academics and living here.  On Wednesday they toured the Cape Eleuthera Institute and met the research project leaders who briefed them on the seven potential projects they can work with: aquaculture, flats ecology, patch reef ecology, aquaponics, archaeology, sharks, and energy.  Some of the students already got a taste of what research Continue reading