Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory

Course Dates

June 30, 2021 to July 14, 2021



Equivalent Note

Cornell students: this course is equivalent to BioG 1500.

Cornell students, this course fulfills the following requirements (equivalent to BioG 1500):

Course Description

Photo of students working in the SML laboratory

This course is a field and lab intensive marine-based introduction to the scientific method and experimental biology. The course takes advantage of the unique learning opportunities in the intertidal zone on Appledore Island. Students work closely with instructors to design and conduct independent research projects that explore how marine organisms are adapted to the physical and biotic factors in their environment.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand and apply principles of good experimental design and data collection;
  • Become proficient with environmental probes and biological imaging tools;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of scientific papers and their relationship to the scientific method;
  • Learn how to carry out statistical testing, analysis and graphing using R software.

Special note:  Students can combine this course with SML's Research in Biology course as part in the Shoals Research Apprenticeship program. Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory is a required prerequisite for Research in Biology. Students in the apprenticeship program will carry out their own individual research project with guidance and resources from SML. Learn more:

Shoals Research Apprenticeship


Dr. Douglas Fudge:

Associate Professor, Chapman University

Dr. Fudge runs the Comparative Biomaterials Lab at Chapman University. As an undergraduate, he studied biology at Cornell University, followed by an M.A.T. in science education, also at Cornell. For his M.Sc. research, he worked on the biology of bluefin tuna at the University of Guelph, and then moved to the University of British Columbia for his Ph.D., where he worked on the biomechanics of hagfish slime in John Gosline’s lab. As an NSERC postdoctoral fellow, he worked on cell biomechanics in Wayne Vogl’s lab in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He joined the faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph in 2005, where he worked until 2016.

Dr. Noah Bressman:

Noah received his PhD in Biology at Wake Forest University. His research interests include fish biology, functional morphology, biomechanics, and behavior, with a special focus on how amphibious fishes move and orient on land.


Students on board the R/V John M. Kingsbury (photo by Jan Factor).

Students on board the R/V John M. Kingsbury (photo by Jan Factor).



Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1500 (3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 403 (4 Credits)