Marine Environmental Science (section 2)

Course Dates

July 16, 2018 to July 30, 2018


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: Mr. Mark Johnson (section 1) / Dr. Kylla Benes (section 2)
  • Different dates: July 2 - July 16, 2018 (section 1) / July 16 - July 30, 2018 (section 2)

Read the course blog from 2016 & 2017, click here!


Dr. Kylla Benes:
Dr. Benes working at a sea table at one of the outdoor lab facilities on Appledore.

Kylla Benes is a marine ecologist whose research addresses how organisms cope with spatial and temporal changes in the environment. She earned her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of California, Irvine in late 2016, and most recently was a science communication intern at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. As a Scientist-in-Residence fellow at SML in 2017, Kylla participated in two activities she is passionate about: research and undergraduate mentorship. Her research focused on seaweed reproduction, specifically how it varies across different habitats and over time. Since seaweeds are at the bottom of the food chain and create habitat for other species, basic knowledge of their biology is essential for further understanding how seaweeds and the communities they support persist over time. Also as part of her fellowship, Kylla co-led undergraduates participating in the Intertidal Ecology Internship program. This program provides training and experience in conducting transect surveys while contributing to SML’s long-term data set on rocky intertidal biodiversity.

Course Video

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


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Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1620 (3 Credits)