Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory

Course Dates

July 15, 2024 to July 29, 2024



Equivalent Note

Cornell students: this course is equivalent to BioG 1500.

Cornell students, this course fulfills the following requirements (equivalent to BioG 1500):

Course Description

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This course is a field and lab intensive marine-based introduction to the scientific method and experimental biology. The course takes advantage of the unique learning opportunities in the intertidal zone on Appledore Island. Students work closely with instructors to design and conduct independent research projects that explore how marine organisms are adapted to the physical and biotic factors in their environment.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand and apply principles of good experimental design and data collection;
  • Become proficient with environmental probes and biological imaging tools;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of scientific papers and their relationship to the scientific method;
  • Learn how to carry out statistical testing, analysis and graphing using R software.

Special note: Students can combine this course with SML's Research in Biology course as part in the Shoals Research Apprenticeship program. Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory is a required prerequisite for Research in Biology. Students in the apprenticeship program will carry out their own individual research project with guidance and resources from SML.

Shoals Research Apprenticeship

Status: Full

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Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1500 (3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 403 (4 Credits)

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Dr. Douglas Fudge

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Professor, Chapman University

Dr. Fudge runs the Comparative Biomaterials Lab at Chapman University. As an undergraduate, he studied biology at Cornell University, followed by an M.A.T. in science education, also at Cornell. For his M.Sc. research, he worked on the biology of bluefin tuna at the University of Guelph, and then moved to the University of British Columbia for his Ph.D., where he worked on the biomechanics of hagfish slime in John Gosline’s lab. As an NSERC postdoctoral fellow, he worked on cell biomechanics in Wayne Vogl’s lab in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He joined the faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph in 2005, where he worked until 2016.


Dr. Kara Gadeken

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NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Stonybrook University