Marine Environmental Science (in person)

Course Dates

August 1, 2022 to August 15, 2022


Two year-long high school courses in science, and completion of grades 10, 11 or 12.

Course Description

MES night cruise
MES students on an evening sampling cruise.

This course is a university level course, designed for advanced high school students. Marine Environmental Science explores the diversity of coastal marine habitats and ecosystems and the tools scientists use to study them, with an emphasis on topics related to human impacts and environmental health. Virtual fieldwork will include explorations of the rocky intertidal zone, excursions to neighboring islands to observe seal and seabird colonies, and offshore trips to learn oceanographic sampling techniques and observe whale foraging grounds. Dive into marine science this summer and earn Cornell college credit.




Anjali Bhardwaj:

After completing her undergraduate degree in marine science, Anjali spent the next few years working in animal husbandry as a bird trainer at Southwick's Zoo (Mendon, MA) and then as a penguin aquarist at the New England Aquarium. Through these positions, her passion for education and marine conservation continued to grow and led her to Boston University's Department of Biology. Anjali studied the growth plasticity of clownfish and their response to variations in anemone size. She graduated with a Master of Science in Biology and has since been working at Harvard Extension as a teaching assistant for marine biology and conservation biology courses and also as a science faculty at Austin Preparatory School, teaching marine science and chemistry courses.

Kevin McGann:

Kevin specializes in marine ecology, estuarine oceanography, quantitate ecology and geospatial analytics. He comes to Shoals Marine Laboratory with extensive experience working both in the field and at the lab bench, most recently working in Dr. Lasley-Rasher's lab on a project that included the quantification and identification of zooplankton across different estuaries in Maine. Kevin's current research is focused on understanding how marine food webs are responding to anthropogenic threats that include overfishing and climate change. Kevin also has extensive experience as an educator, having previously taught at the elementary and middle school level. Kevin is currently an adjunct faculty in the University of Southern Maine's Department of Biological Sciences.


Course Full

Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1620 (3 Credits)