Field Introductory Oceanography Lab

Course Dates

July 17, 2017 to July 31, 2017



Equivalent Note

Cornell students: The 1 week version of this course (Section 1) covers topics presented in Cornell University's Introductory Oceanography (EAS/BioEE 1540), but offers real-world field experience not available on campus.

Course Description

This course can be taken as a 1-week (Section 1, July 17-24) or 2-week  (Section 2, July 17-31) option.  If you have not taken Cornell's Introductory Oceanography, we recommend the 2-week course.

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 includes:

  • CTD deployment
  • Niskin bottles
  • Secchi disk
  • Temperature/Salinity meter
  • Sediment grab
  • Plankton tows (phyto- and zooplankton) 

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



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).

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? 



Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM/EAS 1551 - Section 1 & 2 (1.5 or 3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 540 - Section 1 & 2 (2 or 4 Credits)