Live on San Juan Island for one or both of these 5-week intensive lab and field marine biology courses offered at UW’s marine station, Friday Harbor Labs (FHL). Located on a 480-acre biological reserve, FHL has access to marine habitats representative of cool-temperate marine habitats widely distributed throughout the world. All courses involve fieldwork, boats, laboratory work, and research mentorship from award-winning faculty.
Marine Invertebrates (BIOL 432, Summer A-term, 9 credits)
Alternating with two lectures a day, students will study living representatives of most major groups of marine animals in the laboratory, and through fieldwork in diverse marine habitats.The course reviews the diversity of animal life in an evolutionary and ecological context, focusing on a comparative study of form, function, and life history. We will review all animal phyla, and also explore diversity within phyla based on available exemplars.
Applications are welcome from undergraduate students, post-baccalaureates and graduate students. Prior coursework in invertebrate biology or animal diversity is advisable but not essential.
Marine Mammals and Seabirds (FISH 492, Summer B-term, 9 credits) Continue reading
Consider doing something extraordinary spring quarter. Study off-campus at Friday Harbor Labs (FHL), UW’s world renowned marine station on San Juan Island. FHL is an ideal place to jump-start a career in the marine sciences, education, medicine, law and policy, and more! Students from around the world are welcome to apply to FHL.
Students will participate in an ocean acidification mesocosm experiment. Mesocosm are plastic enclosures filled with seawater off the FHL docks and are used to run the experiments. The lead instructor is James Murray (UW Ocean). Each student will help with design and conducting the overall sampling but will have their own specific research topic in microbiology (w/ Bob Morris, UW Ocean), phytoplankton (w/Robin Kodner, WWU, Ocean) or zooplankton (w/ Evelyn Lessard, UW Ocean). Students will also learn the chemical basics (calculation and analytical methods) of the ocean carbonate system. There will be class lectures and discussions on the chemical and biological basics of previous mesocosm experiments, including the previous experiment at FHL in April 2012. There will be field trips to the impacted shellfish industry. Guest lectures will provide societal relevance. A final oral and written report will include the methods used, data obtained and what they mean. (15 credits)
- Application Deadline: Jan 21, but remains open if programs don’t fill
- Friday Harbor Labs Info Session: Thurs Jan 17, 4-5:30, FSH 203
Jump-start a career in the marine sciences, education, medicine, law and policy, and more this spring in a research apprenticeship at Friday Harbor Labs (FHL), UW’s world renowned marine station on San Juan Island:
Students work with UW Oceanographers to examine the impacts on the coastal and marine ecosystems from removing two dams from the Elwha River, the biggest watershed on the Olympic Peninsula. The dams are scheduled to be removed during 2011 with the goal of habitat restoration. However, we do not yet understand the full range of effects that “restoration” will have. Apprentices explore the effects of the added sediment discharge in high quantities during dam removal near the mouths of rivers. Continue reading
Consider doing something extraordinary spring quarter. Study off-campus at Friday Harbor Labs (FHL), UW’s world renowned marine station on San Juan Island. FHL is an ideal place to jump-start a career in the marine sciences, education, medicine, law and policy, and more!
All courses involve fieldwork, boats, laboratory work, and research mentorship from award-winning faculty. Freshmen-seniors and post-bacs are encouraged to apply. Tuition is the same as the Seattle campus, financial aid applies, and more aid is available as needed:
Marine Zoology, Botany, and Genomics Quarter
Students in this program take from 14-16 credits from this list of courses:
- Marine Zoology (BIOL 430)
- Marine Botany (BIOL 445)
- Developmental Biology (BIOL 412)
- Marine Ecology and Physiology Research Apprenticeship (BIOL 479).
- Marine Genomics Research Apprenticeship (BIOL 479)
This quarter includes four lecture, laboratory, and field courses that: Continue reading
Fishery Sciences Building 203
Learn how you can get involved with Friday Harbor Labs (FHL), UW’s world renowned marine station on San Juan Island. FHL faculty and former students will share their experiences, talk about their research, and answer questions. By participating in a FHL field and research-intensive marine science and/or humanities program, you will strengthen your resume, prepare for graduate school, and develop skills for a career in your field. Any UW student can spend a quarter at FHL.
“Through field trips, lectures, and labs, everyone was able to get a really hands-on experience. For basically all of the labs, we went out on the dock and collected samples of the things we were learning about in class. That kind of relationship between the class and the field is something I have never experienced. FHL is unique in that you are able to directly observe the things you are reading about.”
–Alex Ulmke, FHL Student Autumn
More information about FHL:
Thursday, October 25, 2:30-4:15pm
*COASST Seabird Lab tour from 3:45-4:15
Fishery Sciences Building 203
Join us for snacks, short presentations, Q&A with advisers and faculty, and a lab tour to learn about:
- The Marine Biology minor
- Aquatic and Fishery Sciences majors and minor
- Friday Harbor Labs, UW’s marine station on San Juan Island
- How to get involved in research, internships, and field courses in Marine Biology and Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
- Prof. Kerry Naish’s research with sea turtles.
- How to get involved in research with COASST our seabird lab
We’ve opened more spots in FISH/BIOL/OCEAN 250 - Intro to Marine Biology (MWF 9:30-10:20)
No science background is needed or required to take the course. All students can enroll. The course counts for a Writing (5 credit course), I&S, and NW credit. The 3 credit course is lecture only. The 5 credit course includes hands-on labs and one overnight fieldtrip either to Friday Harbor Labs, our marine station on San Juan Islands, a beach survey to the outer Washington Coast, or a sampling trip on one of UW’s research vessels.
Please let me know if you have questions or need help with registration.
Emily marbiol@ uw.edu
Consider studying off-campus at Friday Harbor Labs (FHL), UW’s world renowned marine station on San Juan Island. FHL is an ideal place to jump-start a career in the marine sciences, education, medicine, law and policy, and more!
Students in this apprenticeship look at the complex physical-biological relationships in the open waters (pelagic ecosystem) around the San Juan Islands. Students build on the work of past apprenticeships, exploring the causes for abundance and distribution of pelagic marine life. This study is important because it tracks long-term changes in populations of plankton, fish, seabirds, and marine mammals in one of the areas judged most highly sensitive to climate change.
Read about a student’s experience in the Pelagic Ecosystem Functionn Apprenticeship. Continue reading
Spend fall quarter at Friday Harbor Labs, UW’s Marine Station on San Juan Island (FHL). FHL takes UW students from across disciplines and is now encouraging freshmen and sophomores through post-bacs to apply for their undergraduate programs.
The Marine Biology and Humanities Quarter provides students with a panoramic cross-disciplinary narrative of current problems facing oceans and humans. This program includes field and lab courses in marine biology, as well as literature and creative writing classes inspired by marine biology, the local environment, and literature of the sea. No natural science background is required or recommended.
For this program, students take three classes from:
- Introduction to Marine Biology (OCEAN/BIOL/FISH 250)
- Ocean Circulation (Ocean 210)
- Biology of Fishes (FISH/BIOL 311)
- Marine Biology Research Apprenticeship (BIOL/OCEAN/FISH 479)
- Reading the Marine Environment (ENGL 365/CHID 498)
- Writing the Marine Environment (ENGL 283/383/483; CHID 498)
- Creative Writing Lab (ENGL 493)
Read about a student’s experience in the Marine Biology Quarter. Continue reading
Consider spending fall quarter at Friday Harbor Labs (FHL), UW’s world renowned marine station on San Juan Island. FHL is an ideal place to jump-start a career in the marine sciences, education, medicine, law and policy, and more!
Environmental Influences on the Growth of Phytoplankton Research Apprenticeship (OCEAN 492 – 15 credits)
Students will investigate how different environmental stresses affect the growth of a variety of marine phytoplankton. Students will learn how to run continuous phytoplankton cultures, in tandem with independent research projects. Such stressor experiments might include higher temperatures (global warming), lower pH (ocean acidification), UV light (stratospheric ozone reduction), the impact of different types of anti-fouling paint or detergents ( “eco-friendly” vs. traditional), presence of caffeine in the water (non-trivial in Seattle!). The larger project is important because phytoplankton numbers and diversity dictate the size, health and diversity of the entire marine ecosystem. It also contributes to a larger study exploring the movement of a global tropical rain band with global warming. Continue reading