Marine Environmental Science (section 2)

Course Dates

July 27, 2020 to August 10, 2020


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 TBA (section 1) / Blaine Kopp (section 2)
  • Different dates: July 13 - July 27, 2019 (section 1) / July 27 - August 10, 2020 (section 2)


Dr. Blaine S. Kopp:

Louis Munro Chair of Environmental Science, Kimball Union Academy

Dr. Kopp holds the Louis Munro Chair of Environmental Science at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH where he has directed the environmental program since 2010. His teaching interests and course offerings focus on marine, wildlife, and environmental sciences for upper-level high school students, as well as a course in sustainability and social entrepreneurship. In the years before moving to Kimball Union, Dr. Kopp had an active research program with interests in the conservation, restoration, and monitoring of coastal marine ecosystems, particularly seagrasses. Early in his career, Dr. Kopp focused on hydrodynamics and ecological physiology of seagrasses in wave-swept environments, as well as assessing seagrass habitat loss and developing restoration techniques.  He has worked to understand habitat damage and recovery timelines following commercial mussel dragging is seagrass beds, and worked to help the National Park Service improve marine resource management by identifying critical data gaps and developing long-term marine monitoring protocols for National Parks of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.  Dr. Kopp has held research appointments with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Hampshire, and the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, and has held faculty appointments at Maine Maritime Academy and Colby College. He received his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Course Video

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


Course Full

Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1620 (3 Credits)