Friday Harbor Labs opportunity

UW’s Friday Harbor Labs (FHL)- our marine station on San Juan Island – still has open spots in its research intensive fall programs for undergraduates.  These programs are great for students who want to do research that matters, prepare for graduate or professional schools, get into the field, and join a community of internationally famous natural and social scientists.  There’s lots of funding for UW students and the application process is easy (no personal statement or faculty recommendations needed):

 *The Social Science and Marine Biology Quarter (14-16 credits, great for OCEAN, PoE and social science majors, and marine bio minors):

 This quarter is appropriate for sophomores through seniors! Students live on-site in the FHL dorms, take two classes from OCEAN 210 – Ocean Circulation, OCEAN/BIOL/FISH 250- Introduction to Marine Biology, SOC/ENVIR 401/450 Social Change and the Marine Environment. Courses take advantage of the location, field trips utilize local environmental events, the FHL research boat, and local organisms are collected for class labs. In addition, students do a research apprenticeship where they work under faculty mentorship to design and complete research projects that explore current environmental issues from natural or social science perspectives.  No natural science background is required or recommended.  Read more about it here:

 *The Pelagic Ecosystem Function Apprenticeship (15 OCEAN credits that can be adapted to most natural science majors and the marine bio minor):

 Students in this apprenticeship look at the complex physical-biological relationships in the waters around the San Juan Islands.  Students build on the work of past apprenticeships, exploring the causes for abundance and distribution of plankton, fish, marine mammals, and sea birds.  Students live on-site in the FHL dorms and spend one day a week cruising on the FHL research vessel gathering their samples.  Read more about it here:

 *The Spatial Ecology of Salish Sea Benthos (15 OCEAN credits that can be adapted to many science majors and the marine bio minor):

 Apprentices will be mapping and exploring marine benthic (bottom) submarine canyon habitats.  Using acoustical seafloor images, apprentices will quantify the benthos, the organisms living on the seafloor, and substrate types, the earthy materials making up the seabed. Students will also explore techniques used to investigate marine benthic (deep bottom) habitats and organisms, such as seabed sampling, underwater video, still photographic sampling, acoustical images, remote sensing, and SCUBA sampling. Students live on-site in the FHL dorms and advanced SCUBA divers can take part in SCUBA sampling and surveys, although this skill is not required for the apprenticeship.  Read more about it here:

 Please let me know if you have questions!


Emily Beyer
Marine Biology Minor Advisor
Biology/Oceanography/School of Aquatic & Fishery Science
116 Fisheries Science Building, Box 355020 Seattle, WA 98195-5020