Research in Biology

Course Dates

July 11, 2022 to July 25, 2022


Students enrolling in Research in Biology must complete Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory (BIOSM 1500/MEFB 403) in the same summer season.

Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory is two weeks long (July 13-27, 2020), and Research in Biology takes place immediately following (July 27, August 10 2020).

Course Description

This two-week course is only open to students in the Shoals Research Apprenticeship. Research in Biology will enable students to explore topics of interest, prepare for advanced work in their field, and develop a close academic and professional relationship with marine sciences. Taken right after Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory (IMBL), this course allows students with little to no previous research experience to work with a mentor to carry out their very own independent research project.  Students' research proposals will be developed in IMBL, while the field work, data analysis, interpretation, and final presentation will carried out in this Research in Biology course. Students will receive daily lectures and guidance on the scientific research process. Apprentices will participate in the SML Research Symposium at the end of the course. 

Learning outcomes for Research in Biology include:

  • Design, propose and execute a robust research project;
  • Understand common statistical tests, when it is appropriate to apply certain tests, and how to interpret results of statistical tests;
  • Effective communication for scientific presentations to general, specialized, and specific audiences through both oral and visual presentations.

Read the course blog!


Dr. Carolyn Keogh:
Photo of SML Parasite Ecology Intern working in the lab to extract parasites from a green crab

Dr. Carolyn (Carrie) Keogh is a parasite ecologist interested in parasite distributions and the relationships between host-parasite co-evolution. As a member of the faculty in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory University, she teaches courses on a wide range of topics from general ecology and marine ecology as well as a course on invasive species biology. Dr. Keogh brings extensive field experience to her teaching at SML that includes study areas in the intertidal zone across the Mid Atlantic and Gulf of Maine as well as northwestern Pacific Ocean. She first came to Appledore Island as an undergraduate researcher examining host-parasite interactions between Littorina snails and trematode parasites. Most recently, Dr. Keogh was on island in 2019 as one of the lab's Scientists in Residence.



Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 4990 (3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 751 (4 Credits)