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For a more advanced option check out the three-week Marine Biology program!
This one week course will provide students with foundational knowledge of the biology and ecology of marine ecosystems, with a specific focus on the methods that scientists use to study marine habitats. The program will include several field trips that will vary based on the tides and ocean conditions. Possible field trips include: Boston Harbor Islands, Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Whale Watch, Salt Marsh study, Sandy Beach study, and New England Aquarium behind the scenes tour. Students will illustrate the knowledge they've gained via a project completed throughout the week and presented at the end of the session.
Students conducted research on the shores of the Boston Harbor Islands. One day, for example, students measured the impact of ocean temperature and ocean acidity on the growth of seaweed and marine animals. They ventured out to survey the rocky shore of Georges Island, and documented the invasive species fouling the dock pilings. Students were fascinated by the squishy tunicates, especially when they learned how closely-related we are to these simple blob-like animals.
Sometimes the program aquarium does the teaching as students try to extract the juvenile lobster from his rocky cave hiding spot. Species interactions such as predation and competition are demonstrated seamlessly as a sea star pries open a mussel and two hermit crabs battle it out to decide who gets to move into the large whelk shell.
Our instructor, Steve Smith, has been known to drop by to collect rare and unusual fish for our class' aquarium. Students may have the opportunity to make images of fish on butcher paper and on t-shirts using Gyotaku, a Japanese art form. Students will then dissect the fish, comparing and contrasting the anatomy of fish that are bottom dwellers versus not and so on. Students learn about the fish’s life history and ecology of salt water versus freshwater habitats.
Steve Smith is a Biology teacher at Lynn English High School. Since his youth growing up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, Steve has had an avid interest in science and the ocean. In pursuit of this passion he earned his Bachelors Degree in Marine Science at Stony Brook University where he gained hands-on experience in a variety of marine science skills and methods at the Stony Brook Southhampton Marine Science Campus. After college, Steve earned his Masters Degree in Biology at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, studying the applications of neuroscience in marine robotics. Steve still remains active in marine science education as a member of the Massachusetts Marine Educators, and the lead instructor of the BLI Marine Biology summer program.
Valerie Perini led the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Marine Biology programs. She is a researcher at the Marine Science Center in Nahant. She teaches Biology Lab courses at Northeastern University. Valerie has years of experience with summer marine biology programs from Maine to Massachusetts. She is SCUBA certified---ask her about her scuba trip into Boston Harbor in December to collect data on invasive aquatic plants for her research.....brrrrr!
STUDENT PRAISE FOR THE MARINE BIOLOGY PROGRAM:
~Summer 2017 Comments
'I really liked the Marine Biology class. The field trip to the rocky shores was a great experience. My teacher, Steve, is really nice and taught us a lot about Marine organisms.'
'In Marine Biology, we studied aquatic life and things about the ocean. I loved the field trips and the cool lessons. Steve was great and lots of fun + very nice.'
'He allowed room for exploration and even encourage discovery through experience. Steve was very patient and interesting to work with. 10/10.'
'The program was fast paced and enjoyable... I enjoyed checking the tank, and learning about what being a marine biologist entails. All good things.'
'One thing I liked about this program was that we were able to go on field trips to better understand the topic. I found it fun, interesting, and I learned a lot from them. Also, having an aquarium made it so much more easier to look at creatures but also interesting. I absolutely love marine science and I thought this program helped a lot.'
'Steve, the teacher, is really cool and fun. We learned a lot about marine biology through his teachings in the classroom and in the field.'
'Since I did the marine bio class we went on field trips to the belle isle, salt marsh and to Nahant to the tide pool. I really enjoyed going and collecting data at Nahant and the salt marsh. It was really cool to go into the ‘field’ and actually collect data. In class, we did small activities such as taking the organisms out of the tank, algae pressing and slide shows.'
~Past Student Comments
'The teacher was good, made the learning fun and there was fun activities.'
'I enjoyed the field trips and the hands-on parts of the program. Mr. Smith did a great job instructing and facilitation our lessons.'
'I really liked our field trips during this course, especially going to the Bell Isle Marsh Reservation. It was really fun going into the marsh and finding some animals that live there. Personally, all aspects of this course were amazing and I hope to come back next year. '
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Local students $599 day tuition,
Overnight $1198 for tuition and residential fee
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Location: Dana Hall, Wellesley, MA
Program Begins: July 24, 2017
Program Concludes: July 28, 2017
Residential students arrive Sunday before programs starts and depart the Saturday after the program ends.
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