Marine Science Semester Fall 2015

Coastal Studies Center Pier

Bowdoin Marine Science Semester, Fall 2015

The Bowdoin Marine Science Semester (BMSS) is an immersion semester taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory and Coastal Studies Center, and is intended for junior and seniors interested in careers in environmental science. Each 3-4 week module will be taught in succession similar to Colorado College’s teaching format, Boston University’s BUMP program, and Northeastern University’s Three Seas program. The module style gives students a sense of the focus and depth required to excel at the graduate and professional levels, and will allow numerous opportunities for inquiry based learning throughout the semester, including field, and lab work, independent research. The semester will also include a tropical field trip to Baja California.

Students interested in participating Fall 2015 are encouraged to contact Dave Carlon, Director of the Marine Laboratory for more information or with any questions. Dave can be reached by e-mail at: dcarlon@bowdoin.ed

1. Biological Oceanography – Biology 2501, ES 2231
This course features classroom, laboratory, and fieldwork emphasizing fundamental biological processes operating in pelagic environments. It includes a hybrid of topics traditionally taught in physical and biological oceanography courses: major ocean current systems, physical structure of the water column, patterns and process of primary production, structure and function of pelagic food webs. Field trips to Casco Bay and Harpswell Sound will introduce students to the methods and data structures of biological oceanography. Taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, Biology 2501 is a course-module in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester.

2. Benthic Ecology – Biology 2502, ES 2232. David Carlon.
The principles of ecology emphasizing the hard- and soft-bottom communities of Casco Bay and Harpswell Sound. Field trips and field exercises demonstrate the quantitative principles of marine ecological research, including good practices in sampling designs and field experiments. A class field project will design and implement a long-term study based at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, to monitor and detect changes in community structure driven by climate change in the 21st Century. Assumes a basic knowledge of biological statistics. Taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, Biology 2502 is a course-module in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester.

3. Marine Molecular Ecology & Evolution – Biology 2503, ES 2233. Sarah Kingston.
Features the application of molecular data to ecological and evolutionary problems in the sea. Hands on laboratory work will introduce students to sampling, generation, and analysis of molecular data sets with Sanger-based technology and Next Generation Sequencing. Lectures, discussions, and computer-based simulations will demonstrate the relevant theoretical principles of population genetics and phylogenetics. A class project will begin a long-term sampling program, that uses DNA barcoding to understand temporal and spatial change in the ocean. Taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, Biology 2503 is a course-module in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester.

4. TBA. Course on Writing about Science. Taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, this will be a course-module in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester.