Three Seas



Three Seas students study together for an academic year, beginning with the fall semester in Nahant, Massachusetts, at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center. A variety of pristine intertidal and subtidal communities are well-suited to help provide a strong foundation in marine biology and ecology.

Following the winter break, a 10-week session is spent in Panama at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Bocas del Toro, located on the Caribbean Sea. Coral reef ecology, ocean and coastal processes, as well as tropical terrestrial ecology are taught using Panama’s diverse tropical ecosystem and unique geographical location as both classroom and laboratory.

Three Seas concludes with an 8-week session at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island, Washington. Rocky intertidal, subtidal kelp forest, and soft-sediment habitats provide the varied seascape explored during spring classes.

Northeastern University's Three Seas Program