Underwater Research

Course Dates

July 31, 2017 to August 14, 2017

Prerequisites

One semester of college-level biology or equivalent, and recognized SCUBA certification.

Interested students must pre-register for the course and then attain approval to SCUBA dive at Shoals Marine Laboratory. Students cannot take this course without approval from SML's Diving Safety Officer (DSO).

How to apply to dive at SML: 

  1. After you pre-register for this course, you will be contacted by an SML Academic Coordinator.
  2. Complete the forms in SML's SCUBA Diving Application Packet (this packet will be available after April 1)
    • Forms must be returned to SML's Diving Safety Officer, Becca Toppin.
    • Instructions for submission of forms can be found on page 1 of the packet.
  3. Required reading: SML's Handbook for Diving Safety (also available after April 1)

Questions? Contact us at shoals.lab@unh.edu or (603) 862-5346.

Course Description

Student divers off Appledore Island.

Underwater Research provides guidance and opportunities for students to conduct original research in the field of subtidal marine ecology! The course will cover experimental design, data collection, and research proposal writing. Students can receive AAUS Scientific Diver Certification.

Information about becoming a Scientific Diver at Shoals:

Students may attain AAUS Scientific Diver status in the Shoals Marine Laboratory Dive Program upon completion of the Underwater Research course, which includes Dive Accident Management Training (O2 Administration, Basic First Aid, CPR, AED). The Shoals Marine Laboratory is an Organizational Member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and Scientific Diver status conforms to AAUS standards.

Pending successful completion of the course requirements (including a minimum of 12 dives), students may achieve scientific diver status, allowing them to apply for permission to dive under the auspices of other AAUS Scientific Diving Programs at universities, state and federal governmental agencies, and marine aquaria throughout the United States. Scientific Diver Status may be retained by completing minimum numbers of dives, dive accident management courses, and medical requirements (see Section 6 of the SML Handbook for Diving Safety, available after April 1). Many Scientific Diving Programs in the United States and abroad are AAUS Organizational Members and require participants to possess AAUS Scientific Diver Status before participating in research at their institution.

Students interested in Underwater Research must must complete the necessary steps to attain approval to SCUBA dive at Shoals Marine Laboratory. Students cannot take this course without approval from SML's Diving Safety Officer (DSO). 

  1. Complete the forms in SML's SCUBA Diving Application Packet (available after April 1)
    • Forms must be returned to SML's Diving Safety Officer, Becca Toppin. 
    • Instructions for submission of forms can be found on page 1 of the packet.
  2. Required reading: SML's Handbook for Diving Safety (also available after April 1)

Faculty

Dr. Jim Coyer:

Assistant Director for Academic Programs, Shoals Marine Laboratory

Dr. Elizabeth Siddon:

Research Associate, National Research Council, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Course Video

Watch this video and spend a "day in the life" of Underwater Research at SML (produced by UNH Video Productions)

Status

Open

Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 3650 (3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 730 (4 Credits)