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Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School Environmental Research Practicum students will be familiarized with the central concepts of Environmental Anthropology as well as several key ethnographic and theoretical approaches to various subjects in the sub-discipline. All students will become certified PADI Open Water certified divers and learn about the local marine and reef environments first hand.


All students will also be trained and certified in marine species identification. Students will also learn about and experience first hand the mating and nesting activities of the various endangered Sea Turtles, as well as the risks they face and the conservation efforts underway (students will also assist on conservation efforts).


First session students will be able to participate in an open water dive to actually witness the Sea Turtles mating. They will also be opportunistically observed during other dives. Students will assist on the collection of turtle eggs as they are being nested on the beaches to be then brought to the turtle conservation center for safe hatching in captivity (and released in large numbers for greater safety). All students will become familiar with the political economy of the Whale Shark tourist industry and participate in an open water swim/snorkel with the Whale Sharks (and if luck is with us, the endangered Giant Manta Rays as well).


Other conservation concerns, such as reef protection, government policy and waste management will also be discussed. Students will also become certified in the PADI Project Aware Dive Against Debris specialty course (which will mean PADI Open Water Certified, Species ID certified and Dive Against Debris Certified), where they will conduct an actual Dive Against Debris, cleaning refuse from under the water near the docks of local fisherman and restaurants, as well as a beach clean up.

Lead Instructor:  Dr. Todd Pierce



T U I T I O N   A N D   P A Y M E N T  D E A D L I N E S

The Environmental Research Practicum Intensive is $2250.00 USD.  



The Tuition Deadline for Session 2 is July 1 2018.

Please Contact us at to arrange payment options.


Tuition costs include housing (single occupancy room - double occupancy is available upon request) at Ma Elena Hotel in Colonia Garrafón, Isla Mujeres.  If two participants wish to share a room, please contact us for adjusted costs.


Non 'classroom' activities will include island tours and cultural familiarization, and informal social events with locals and expats. 


There will be many optional activities on the island such as cultural activities, swimming, yoga, snorkeling and scuba diving and fishing. Students of the MPI or RDS courses may also join the day trip to the Maya sites of Ek Balam and Chichen Itza, with an included swim in an ancient cenote between both site visits (additional ~$125 USD). 


You must include your full name and application acceptance code when sending your payment.


You will receive an application acceptance code once your application to attend the Field School has been reviewed and you have been accepted to the school.


Our Basic Housing for the Field School is at Ma Elena Hotel and is included in student tuition costs.

Tuition does not include your transportation (flights, taxis and Ultramar ferry ride to the island) or food.

Please contact us at to arrange for payment options.





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If you apply and are accepted to join the Winter Methods Practicum Intensive:


Pay your tuition in full by:


June 1 2018 for Session 2 and receive a $250.00USD Tuition Discount





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Spending Money




Student’s lodging (food is not included) is covered in the cost of tuition, but you will want to venture out to enjoy all that Isla Mujeres offers -- there are a lot of great restaurants and musical venues on the island.  When not doing field research, attending lectures or writing up field notes, we suspect you might want to enjoy the stunning beaches and energetic nightlife.



We suggest that you plan on having about $500 USD or more in spending money in reserve for the two-week Winter Research Design Symposium.


You will trade your home-country currency in for pesos when you arrive, or withdraw as pesos from an ATM..









Typical Dinner Out = ~ $10-20 US


Typical Lunch Out = ~ $7 US


Delicious Taco in The Colonias = ~ .80 US


Cup of Coffee in Centro = ~ $2 US


Golf Cart Rental for One Day = ~ $50 US


Moto Rental for One Day = ~ $30 US


Taxi to and from Airport = ~ $100 US (expect $65 coming to Isla, $30 going back)


Ultramar Ferry from Cancun = ~ $14 US Round Trip


Local Island Taxi = ~ Roughly $2 to $6 US


Coca Cola from a Tienda = ~ $1 US


Typical Beer = ~ $2 US at a bar


Custom Made Pinata = ~ $30 US

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