[MARMAM] Duke University Marine Lab Summer Course: Marine Mammals (July 10-August 11, 2017) -- Beaufort, NC

Katie Wood katie.wood at duke.edu
Sat Apr 15 04:35:54 PDT 2017

The Duke University Marine Lab is accepting enrollments for the summer Marine Mammals course taught by Dr. Renee Albertson & Dr. Andy Read, July 10- August 11, 2017. The mammals course may be taken concurrently with Conservation Biology and Policy or Drones in Marine Biology, Ecology and Conservation. See below for details. To enroll:  click here<https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantLogin.asp?id=duke-geml>

Marine Mammals (Renee Albertson, Andy Read (Taught Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
This field-intensive course covers the biology, management and conservation of marine mammals using a variety of tools including genetic analysis and photo-identification.  Detailed consideration is given to adaptation to a marine environment, ecology, history of exploitation of the large whales, and conservation. Laboratory and field exercises address behavior, ecology, and communication of local populations of marine mammals. The course is suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students. BIO 376LA (undergrad)/ENV 776LA (grad) 4 Duke credits.

Conservation Biology & Policy (Doug Nowacek, Grant Murray, Paul Greenberg) (Taught Tuesday & Friday)
Immersion in marine conservation biology and policy. Basic tools of marine conservation for 21st Century society intertwined with current issue modules (e.g., fisheries/aquaculture). Hands-on, team-based, experiential learning w/meaningful faculty-student engagement. Phenomena affecting maintenance and loss of biodiversity (climate change, habitat destruction); key concepts of social science and law for instituting conservation policy; unique experiential learning highlighting ecological, economic, cultural, and institutional complexity associated with current conservation issues. BIO 270A (undergraduate)/BIO709A (grad). 3 Duke credits.

Drones in Marine Biology, Ecology and Conservation ( David Johnston) (Taught Tuesday & Friday)
Includes a full overview of past and emerging applications for ecology and biology of marine species and coastal habitats with in-depth discussion on future of drone applications in coastal biological and ecological research. Comprehensive exploration of current drone technologies, including detection limits of target species, payload selection, operational procedures aeronautical concepts, rules and regulations, safety, mission planning, aircraft design, maintenance, data collection, management and analysis. Biological and technical lab components tailored to student interests: Active participation in megafaunal or environmental research and data analysis.  Building, operating and maintaining aircraft, programming for manual and autonomous flight. The use of unoccupied aircraft systems  (UAS) is changing how marine scientists collect data on animals and the environments they inhabit.  This course introduces students to the basics of using UAS in marine environments, presenting examples of existing and emerging applications, detailing the types of sensors used for marine applications, describes the sampling complexities of the marine environment, and provides and overview of typical workflows and data management. Details on regulatory and permitting requirements to fly UAS and legally and safely are also covered. The lab portion of the course will focus on basic aeronautics, flight planning and simulations, and the design, assembly, operation and maintenance of unoccupied aerial vehicles.ENV 335A (undergrad) /735A (grad). 3 Duke credits. For additional information on Duke's new Marine Robotics & Remote Sensing Facility, visit the website<http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/uas/>.

For additional information: please visit our web pages:

*         For graduate students: https://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/programs/graduate/summerII

*         For undergraduate students: https://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/programs/undergraduate/summerII

Tuition & Fees<https://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/programs/undergraduate/tuition-fees>  are available on our website. These courses are appropriate for undergraduate, postbaccs, graduate students & professionals.  Students will receive a transcript from Duke University at the conclusion of the course.

I'll be happy to answer any questions & will assist getting students enrolled - we hope to see some of you in Beaufort this summer!

All the best,


Katie Wood
Senior Program Coordinator
Duke University Marine Laboratory
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516
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