Field Introductory Oceanography Lab - next offered in 2019

Course Dates

June 1, 2019



Course Description

Students aboard the R/V John M. Kingsbury, one of
the flagship 
vessels of the Shoals Marine Lab fleet. 
(photo thanks to Jim Coyer)

Over 70% of the earth's surface is covered by oceans. Students in this course will gain familiarity with the basic concepts and field techniques (and equipment) used by biological oceanographers as we explore the Gulf of Maine waters using the Isles of Shoals as our base. Minimal lecture time, maximum boat time is the theme of this field immersion course. Course exercises include CTD deployment, Niskin bottles, Secchi disk, Temperature/Salinity meter, sediment grab, plankton tows (phyto- and zooplankton), and other essential oceanographic techniques.

Students enrolled in this course will:

  • Obtain field skills in deploying oceanographic equipment;
  • Learn laboratory skills needed for processing oceanographic samples;
  • Gain experience with analysis and interpretation of oceanographic data and the communication of research results.


Dr. Justin McAlister:

Assistant Professor, Biology Department, College of the Holy Cross

Dr. McAlister's expertise is found at the interface of functional and population biology. His research focuses on three questions: How do organisms respond to environmental change? How much variation exists for these responses? How come organisms respond in the way(s) that they do? 

Dr. Erik Zettler:

Visiting Scientist, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Dr. Erik Zettler
Dr. Erik Zettler

Dr. Zettler has been part of the Shoals family for over 20 years, having served as faculty for SML courses: Oceanography in the Gulf of Maine (1995-8), Field Marine Science (SML's flagship course, from 2003-2010), and Field Microbial Ecology (2007). He has extensive at-sea experience on over 50 research and teaching cruises aboard research vessels and tallships, like the Sea Education Assocation (SEA Semester).



Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM/EAS 1551 (3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 540 (4 Credits)