Bellairs Research Institute

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Bellairs Research Institute
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Type Field-station for McGill University.
Established 1954
Location Holetown, Saint James, Barbados
Affiliations McGill University

The Bellairs Research Institute, located on the Caribbean island of Barbados, was founded in 1954 as a field-station for McGill University. Initial funding was from a bequest by British naval commander, Carlyon Bellairs, for whom the institute is named.[1] Bellairs is located in Holetown, next to Folkestone Marine Park and Museum,[2] on the western beach of the island.

Initially founded as a marine biology field station, it is also currently used for undergraduates to partake in a Barbados Field Study Semester (BFSS). Environmental Engineering, International Development Studies and Environmental Studies are some of the areas it caters to.

Bellairs runs numerous McGill University field-courses and workshops throughout the year, including Applied Tropical Ecology, Geography, and the Barbados Field Study Semester. Bellairs also holds annual field courses from other universities from around the world including the University of Toronto (marine biology) and Western Michigan University (archeology).

Bellairs participated in testing McGill University’s AQUA project – the world’s first robot capable of walking and swimming underwater.[3]

The main campus of McGill University is in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Coordinates: 13°11′31″N 59°38′26″W / 13.19194°N 59.64056°W / 13.19194; -59.64056


  1. ^ "From the archives - Bellairs Research Institute". McGill University. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Folkestone Marine Park
  3. ^ "AQUA Project". Archived from the original on 5 October 2006.