Little Cayman is the smallest of the three Cayman Islands, which sit in the Caribbean Sea just south of Cuba. With fewer than 200 residents, it’s also the least populated.
This island provides an excellent research environment because, with its low population, human stressors like overfishing and runoff pollution are not an issue; researchers can isolate the impacts of global threats like rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification.
More than half of Little Cayman’s surrounding ocean enjoys protected status, so it is teeming with more than 350 species of fish and 37 species of coral. There’s a lot to see out of the water too, including the western hemisphere’s largest breeding population of red-footed boobies.
In your free time, you may have a chance to bike, kayak, and snorkel (you’ll also do plenty of snorkeling during research), or simply enjoy the sunshine on one of the island’s most beautiful white-sand beaches.