Become a Marine Biology Apprentice this Fall @ UW’s Friday Harbor Labs

FHL ApprenticeJump start your science career by becoming a research apprentice at UW’s Friday Harbor Labs, our marine station on San Juan Island!

 Friday Harbor Labs is accepting applications for two amazing fall quarter apprenticeship programs.  Students in these programs live at the labs, take 15 credits, and work semi-independently on their own research projects that address current issues in ecology and the marine environment. 

 Friday Harbor Labs is offering these two fall apprenticeships:

 The Pelagic Ecosystem Function Apprenticeship – Explore Open Water Marine Ecology!

This research apprenticeship explores the habitats and organisms of the pelagic (open water) ecosystem of the San Juan Archi­pelago. In this complex ecosystem, waters from oceanic realms and major river systems are mixed by a powerful tidal regime to create habitats for a diverse community of prey and predator species. Our goal is to understand how the various oceanograph­ic processes shape these habitats and biological communities.

 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.

 “For a marine biologist, FHL is the perfect location to study. I was surrounded by people with similar interests and experts in different marine research areas. The experience was a great jumping off point and has really opened up more opportunities for me.”

-Pelagic Ecosystem Apprentice, Jasmine Palmer

 The Spatial Ecology of Salish Sea Benthos  – Learn about Deep Sea Canyons!

Students in this apprenticeship will map and explore marine benthic (deep bottom) submarine canyon habitats. Using acoustical seafloor images, apprentices will quantify the benthos, the organisms living on the seafloor, and the substrate types, the earthy materials making up the seabed. Students will also explore techniques used to investigate marine benthic habitats and organisms such as seabed sampling, underwater video, still photographic sampling, acoustical images, remote sensing, and SCUBA sampling.

*These programs count for many UW major and minor requirements. Please contact for more information about how FHL programs work with particular UW degrees. Regular UW financial aid applies and aid is available. Applications are rolling with a final due date of July 1.  Visit FHL’s website for cost and application information.