[MARMAM] Open slot for San Juan Islands Summer Field Course

Spencer Fire sfire at fit.edu
Tue Apr 9 05:46:01 PDT 2019

Due to a cancellation, there is one open slot for a student wishing to enroll in the Marine Mammal Studies in the Pacific Northwest (MAR3621/MAR5621) course being offered by Florida Tech this May in Friday Harbor, WA.  Enrollment is open to all majors, both undergraduate and graduate students or early-career professionals. See previous announcement below for details, requirements, and contact info:


This May, Florida Tech will be taking a group of motivated students to Friday Harbor Laboratories in the San Juan Islands to observe and study marine mammals in their natural environment.  The course earns you 3 credits that count toward your degree either at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Course description:
Students will learn the methods, equipment and concepts that many wildlife field biologists use as a daily part of their job, and will participate in an existing research program. Daytime activities will consist primarily of boat-based and land-based surveys of harbor seals, sea lions, killer whales and baleen whales common to the Salish Sea ecosystem.  By the end of the course, the students will be trained in digital photography, boat handling, behavioral/spatial data collection, and other practical skills commonly required for a career in wildlife biology.  Evening lectures and other activities will provide theoretical knowledge of important aspects of marine mammal behavior, physiology and anatomy, as well as lectures from local experts in the field  (plus a demonstration of an animal necropsy!).  During the course, students will also develop their own research project and become familiar with how raw data is translated into results that affect marine mammal conservation policy.

Please contact Dr. Fire directly for more information or to sign up for the course.

Course title: Marine Mammal Studies in the Pacific Northwest (MAR3621/MAR5621)
Instructor:  Spencer Fire (sfire at fit.edu<mailto:sfire at fit.edu>)
Dates:    May 6-15, 2019
Location:    Friday Harbor, WA and adjacent coastal waters
Total cost:     $3600 (includes 3 credits of tuition, travel expenses, lodging, meals, and an occasional cookie)

Check out our Instagram feed<https://www.instagram.com/thefirelab/> for photos from last year's course

Spencer Fire, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of Biological Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901
sfire at fit.edu

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