We have a scientifically diverse and culturally relevant slate of four course modules courses: Biological Oceanography, Benthic Ecology, Marine Molecular Ecology and Evolution, and Writing about the Coastal Environment taught by the acclaimed author, Russ Rymer . We will weave in unique field experiences (highlights below) during each course module, and help you design and carry out an independent research project during the semester.
Field work is an integral and key part of the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester (BMSS). Dave Carlon will lead a 10 day field seminar to Baja California, featuring hands on experience with the unique biodiversity of tropical reefs and pelagic ecosystems. Closer to home in the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem, we will visit Hurricane Island off Rockland Maine, take an oceanographic cruise on the Schooner Bowdoin, and explore the diverse habitats and organisms of Harpswell Sound and Casco Bay.
For the BMSS 2015, students will live in campus housing, and travel by shuttle to and from the Coastal Studies Center in Harpswell (CSC), M-F. Classes, labs, and local field trips will generally run M-Th from 9 – 3:30, but we will also need to make a few exceptions in morning arrival or afternoon departure for tides. Fridays are flexible, for example you can work on your independent research project, use the time for more exploration of the environments and facilities of the CSC, or you may want to have a campus day for clubs and other activities.
To help us plan this exciting adventure, it would be helpful to know whether you intend to register for the BMSS 2015. If you have additional questions/concerns, feel free to contact me by my office phone, e-mail, or just come by my Office in Druck, 232.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Director, Coastal Studies Center
Associate Professor of Biology
For more details on the courses and student experiences go to: http://www.bowdoin.edu/coastal-studies-center/courses/index.shtml