Sea Island Ecotourism and Sustainability

Sea Island Ecotourism and Sustainability
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South Carolina Sea Island Ecotourism and SustainabilityBird Calls

Date & Time: Monday Sept. 19th, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (1/2-Day Course)

Cost: US $80/person



Workshop Description:


Interactive workshop including presentations and discussions on key sustainability and tourism trends, ecotourism and sustainable tourism, local ecosystems, ecotourism opportunities for local destination, and interpretation skills.


Workshop topics include:


  • Sea Island Ecology: Along coastal South Carolina and Georgia, the coastal plain is accented by barrier islands and back water lagoons that are fed by slow moving blackwater rivers. In areas such as the Beaufort River and Port Royal Sound, water interweaves its way through land slowly without a large freshwater input, causing most of the estuarine waters to have high salinity counts. In this system, there are extensive salt marshes of cord grass that invade deep inland and create a vast nursery ground for invertebrates, sport fish, and bottlenose dolphins. We will discuss this unique habitat in relation to other estuaries on the eastern Atlantic Seaboard in terms of shared and unique aspects of its organisms and their ecology.
  • Sea Island History: This course is a study of South Carolina origins and developments. It will cover all aspects of the history of South Carolina from its settlement by prehistoric people through the Civil War. The course will cover personalities, social, cultural and economic affairs. Topics to be covered include (but are not limited to): the prehistory of the Lowcountry, the Gullah culture, the European Contact, the “Richest corner of the richest colony,” the Battle of Port Royal Sound, and the New Boom-beach bums, retirees and vacationers.
  • Sea Island Ecotourism and Sustainability: Ecotourism and sustainability will describe the characteristics of the ecotourism industry including the businesses, positions, and networks necessary to operate in an ecotourism destination. Also covered will be an overview of the interwoven relationships among the region’s economy, ecology, and history.


Session Leaders:


Dr. John Salazar Dr. John Salazar, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Dr. Salazar is an Associate Professor of Hospitality Management at USCB. Dr. Salazar is also the Director of the Lowcountry and Resort Islands Tourism Institute. He has participated in various tourism development projects in the Southeast and Midwest. He has conducted research funded by corporations, universities, tourism bureaus, various farm bureau initiatives, and the US Dept of Transportation. His research has been published in various hospitality and tourism research journals. He has also conducted training for resorts, retail outlets and destination marketing organizations.
Dr. Joe Staton Dr. Joe Staton, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
Dr. Staton is an Associate Professor of Biology and Marine Science at USCB. He has worked on marine invertebrates for over 20 years, starting with crab larval development and ecology in the Chesapeake Bay in the mid 80’s and continuing investigations of invertebrate biogeography and dispersal in the Gulf of Mexico and the southeastern Atlantic. His current research is in collaboration with colleagues at USCB and the College of Charleston on the dispersal and recruitment of fiddler crabs in the river-dominated estuaries of the southeastern US.
Dr. Robert Landrum Dr. Robert Landrum, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina Beaufort
A Lowcountry resident since 1999, Dr. Landrum is an Associate Professor of History at USCB. He has been published in various journals and has served as a book reviewer for publications produced by Oxford University Press and the University of Pennsylvania Press among others. Dr. Landrum has also been a visiting scholar for the Colorado Center for British Studies. He is a longtime adventure-travel professional, having led guided biking, hiking, skiing, climbing, and kayaking tours in four countries and twenty-seven states.
Dr. Eric Montie Dr. Eric Montie, Assistant Professor, The University of South Carolina Beaufort
Dr. Montie is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Marine Science at USCB. Dr. Montie received a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. One of his current research projects involves the investigation of factors that may cause hearing loss in wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins inhabiting the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. He is also in the process of initiating a research program that focuses on acoustic communication of fish and bottlenose dolphins that inhabit the Calibogue and Port Royal Sound Estuaries in South Carolina.


Professional Certificate Program

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and the University of South Carolina - Beaufort (USCB) are offering the participants of this workshop an opportunity to pursue a professional certificate, by completing both the "South Carolina Sea Island Ecotourism and Sustainability" Workshop on Monday, September 19th, and the ESTC 2011 Field Session "South Carolina Sea Islands Interpretative Boat Tour" on Tuesday, September 20th (registration required).