Marine Environmental Science, Section 2

Course Dates

July 28, 2021 to August 11, 2021


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

Course Description

MES night cruise
High school 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. 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 2 differ from BioSM 1620 section 1?

  • Different instructor: Instructor Blaine Kopp (section 1) / Ashley Stoehr (section 2)
  • Different dates: July 27 - August 10, 2021 (section 1) / July 28 - August 11, 2021 (section 2)


Dr. Ashley Stoehr:

Dr. Ashley Stoehr began her career in marine biology as an undergraduate at the University of Rhode Island where she studied the mechanics of feeding in small sharks, skates, and rays. She later received her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth studying the anatomy, physiology, and ecology of large, open-ocean fishes like swordfish and bigeye thresher sharks. Her research involves analysis of temperature tagging data, exploratory dissections of the heart and blood vessel anatomy, measurements of gills, and mechanical and biochemical experiments using isolated muscle tissue. She currently teaches lectures and labs of Anatomy and Physiology and Marine Biology at Sacred Heart University. This is her fourth summer returning to Shoals Marine Laboratory – previously Dr. Stoehr has served as both TA and lead faculty for our Intro to Sharks course and co-taught our online version of MES in summer 2020. Dr. Stoehr is ecstatic to return to SML in 2021!

Course Video

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



Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1620 (3 Credits)