Spring semester courses in Nahant provide students with a strong foundation for subsequent portions of the program. The curriculum provides a broad understanding of important biological, ecological, and experimental principles, illustrated with the marine plants, animals, and ecosystems found in New England.
The Marine Science Center’s proximity to Boston-area universities, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and other research facilities allows students to take advantage of some of the East Coast’s leading resources in the field.
Courses at the Marine Science Center include:
ENVR 5518/5519 Marine Invertebrate Zoology and Botany & Lab 5 cr.
“Zoobots” surveys the major groups of marine invertebrates, algae, and plants, in addition to their ecological roles and relationships. Learn to identify these groups and understand the mechanisms they use to survive and adapt to changing oceans. Topics for discussion include ecological and evolutionary importance, ecosystem engineering, adaptive physiology, and climate change effects. An emphasis will be placed on interrelationships among major taxa. Hands-on learning includes field identification, visits to intertidal and subtidal marine environments, specimen dissection, preparation, and cataloging. Opportunities for improving skills in reading and discussing scientific literature, experimental design, and scientific communication will be emphasized.
Faculty: Dr. Tara Duffy and Dr. Donald Cheney
ENVR 5516/5517 Oceanography & Lab 5 cr.
Provides an integrated overview of physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes operating in the world ocean. Examines how new technologies have allowed stunning insights into global weather and climate, the deep sea, biodiversity, and how the biogeochemistry of the oceans can be measured and understood. This approach, which views the ocean as a “system of systems”, will prepare students for further coursework in marine science, including the emerging discipline of global change.
Faculty: Dr. Mark Patterson and Dr. Justin Ries
BIOL 5521/5522 Experimental Design in Marine Ecology & Lab 5 cr.
Provides the ecological theory and tools necessary for the proper design of ecological experiments and their analysis, using the rocky intertidal zone as a model system. Focuses on experimental design tailored for analysis of variance (ANOVA). Principles of design and analysis will be illustrated with several short and long term class experiments conducted in the rocky intertidal zone.
Faculty: Dr. David Kimbro
ENVR 5520 Ocean and Coastal Sustainability 3 cr.
Provides students with advanced training in the expanding field of sustainability, with a combined focus on the practical aspects of systems management and the theoretical understanding of whole-‐systems design and resiliency. The goal of this course is to train future leaders capable of creating innovative solutions to sustainability issues at local and global levels. Key interdisciplinary themes discussed will include: the social and political aspects of ocean and coastal sustainability (i.e., education and communication), sustainable development and ecosystem stability, the impacts of climate change on ocean and coastal resilience and the economic and entrepreneurial possibilities in the field of sustainability.
Faculty: Hayley Schiebel
BIOL 5589 Diving Research Methods 2 cr.
A field oriented course designed to introduce students, who are certified SCUBA divers, to current underwater research techniques used in the study of the biology, ecology, and physiology of subtidal marine organisms. Upon successful completion of course students are certified as Scientific Divers by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).
Faculty: Liz Bentley