FHL 101 | Spring 2020

Introduction to Marine Biology in the San Juan Islands 2020

Credits: 1

Instructor(s): Dr. Megan Dethier


Priority given to University of Washington Freshmen and Sophomore Marine Biology Majors and Minors.

This one-weekend, one-credit course is targeted to students studying marine biology, biology or environmental science who want to learn more about marine habitats; priority will be given to UW Freshmen and Sophomores currently declared marine biology majors and minors who have not yet had a chance to visit Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) as part of another field trip or course.

The course is designed to introduce students to the marine ecosystem of the San Juan Archipelago and the FHL facilities, while doing basic exploration of marine biology. Students will spend two full-schedule days doing a variety of field and lab studies. The course will be credit/no credit.

Limit: 25 students.

To apply to participate, or for more information please contact:
Joe Kobayashi: marbiol@uw.edu
University of Washington Academic Advisor, Marine Biology
206 543-7426

Date: A weekend in spring quarter when there are good low tides.
Dates for 2020: April 25-26 (two days, one night, Saturday to Sunday)
Course Fee: $195 (includes transportation to Friday Harbor, overnight housing and three meals at the Friday Harbor Labs campus)

Students activities:

Collect invertebrates in a trawl and look for marine mammals from the R/V Centennial
Explore the rocky intertidal zone and planktonic habitats
Study live animals in the field and lab
Learn about FHL courses and research
Go ‘nightlighting’ on Saturday evening

Learning goals:

Identify the types of organisms (algal and animal) that inhabit deep benthic, planktonic, and rocky intertidal habitats in the San Juan Archipelago.
Get a sense of the range of topics encompassed by “marine biology” and whether this might be a field you want to pursue.
Learn about the facilities and curriculum available at FHL for future courses or research opportunities.
Interact with scientists/graduate students regarding marine science research at FHL
Bond with other students with similar interests.

Photos credit: Andrew Lai