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FHL 101: new spring field trip course to San Juan Island (sign up now)

Submitted by Caterina Rost on February 1, 2017 - 10:33pm
Introduction to Marine Biology in the San Juan Islands

Introduction to Marine Biology in the San Juan Islands

FHL 101, 1 credit

Dr. Megan Dethier

University of Washington, Department of Biology

This one-weekend, one-credit course is targeted to University of Washington freshmen or sophomores studying marine biology, biology or environmental science who want to learn more about marine habitats; priority will be given to students who have not yet had a chance to visit Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) as part of another field trip or course.

The course is designed to introduce students to the marine ecosystem of the San Juan Archipelago and the FHL facilities, while doing basic exploration of marine biology. Students will spend two full-schedule days doing a variety of field and lab studies. The course will be credit/no credit.

Limit: 20 students.

To apply to participate, or for more information please contact:

Joe Kobayashi

University of Washington Academic Advisor, Marine Biology

206 543-7426 


Date: Saturday, April 29 through Sunday, April 30: a weekend in spring quarter when there are good low tides. Transportation, housing and meals are provided.

Lab Fee: $120 to be paid to University of Washington along with tuition.

FHL Room and Board: $65 to be a paid separately to Friday Harbor Labs to cover 3 meals and one night housing on the FHL campus.

Students activities:

  • Collect invertebrates in a trawl and look for marine mammals from the R/V Centennial
  • Explore the rocky intertidal zone and planktonic habitats
  • Study live animals in the field and lab
  • Learn about FHL courses and research
  • Go 'nightlighting' on Saturday evening

Learning goals:

  • Identify the types of organisms (algal and animal) that inhabit deep benthic, planktonic, and rocky intertidal habitats in the San Juan Archipelago.

  • Get a sense of the range of topics encompassed by "marine biology" and whether this might be a field they want to pursue.

  • Learn about the facilities and curriculum available at FHL for future courses or research opportunities.

  • Interact with scientists/graduate students regarding marine science research at FHL

  • Bond with other students with similar interests.

[for more information, see the full schedule of activities]

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