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. Laura Jordan-Smith (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. Laura Jordan-Smith:

Lecturer, UCLA

Dr. Jordan
Read this Q&A with Dr. Jordan-Smith.

Dr. Jordan-Smith began her career in marine biology right here at Shoals Marine Laboratory, as a Cornell undergraduate. She later returned to SML as a Teaching Assistant for Field Marine Science and Underwater Research courses. Her studies brought her to Southern California where she received her Ph.D. at UCLA studying stingray sensory biology. She completed postdocs on both the east and west coasts, focusing mainly on shark sensory systems and fisheries bycatch reduction of elasmobranchs (sharks, skates & rays), with additional projects ranging from from penguin flipper morphology to dolphin hydrodynamics. Recently, she has focused on science education in both formal (university-level, primarily at UCLA) and informal settings. Dr. Jordan-Smith founded World Below the Waves, an organization that produces educational programs on local marine ecosystems and organisms for her local San Diego community. She also works with The Wet Lab and the La Jolla Riford Library to provide programs for the first biology lab located within a public library. She is thrilled to return to SML, the place that initiated her love of marine labs and introduced her to the wonderful community of scientists that congregate at these special places, to teach students about her favorite group of animals! Check out Dr. Jordan-Smith's SML blog!

Course Video

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



Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1620 (3 Credits)