Marine Environmental Science (section 1)

Course Dates

July 1, 2019 to July 15, 2019


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

Course Description

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. 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.

How does BioSM 1620 section 1 differ from BioSM 1620 section 2?

  • Different instructor: Rebecca Gladych (section 1) / Blaine Kopp (section 2)
  • Different dates: July 1 - July 15, 2019 (section 1) / July 15 - July 29, 2019 (section 2)

High school students examine specimens at the laboratory sea table.




Rebecca Gladych, M.S.:

Becky has been teaching marine science to high school students for 10 years, at the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center, in Bridgeport, CT.  The Aquaculture High School provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about aquaculture through a curriculum developed in collaboration with the local Bridgeport public school system, local and state government agencies and local industry.  In her classes, she provides students with hands-on learning opportunities in the school’s on-site fish hatchery, where they are currently raising tilapia, salmon, barramundi, and koi, and on the school's research vessel, the R/V Catherine Moore, where her students collect plankton, water and sediment samples, and fish through trawls.

Prior to starting her career at the Aquaculture School, Becky conducted her graduate work at the University of Connecticut, researching invasive marine algae.  She examined the population dynamics and growth rates of an invasive algae, Grateloupia turuturu, and its ecological competitor, Chondrus crispus, within Long Island Sound.  When she cannot be found on the water or in the intertidal, look for the bubbles from her scuba tanks!

Course Video

Meet high school student, Alison, as she shares her Shoals experience!


Course Full

Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1620 (3 Credits)