Friday Harbor Laboratories
last modified April 24, 2014

Autumn 2014 Courses


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STUDENT APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2014

 

MAY 15 - early admission review date

JULY 1 - standard application review date*


*Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be accepted after July 1 if space is available. For information please contact Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator.

FHL AUTUMN QUARTER:

Wednesday, September 24 to Friday, December 5, 2014 (10 weeks)
Students arrive Tuesday, Sept. 23 after 3:00 p.m.,
depart Saturday morning, Dec. 6 after breakfast, served 7:45-8:15 a.m.
Autumn Quarter classes held Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Thanksgiving Holiday 2014:

No classes will be held on Thursday, November 27 or Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Students may choose to stay on campus during this holiday. The FHL Dining Hall will be closed after lunch on Wednesday (hot lunches will be served on Wednesday, but no dinner), Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, reopening for dinner on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Students staying on campus can be given access to cooking facilities for these four days.


Credits for FHL coursework will be earned through the University of Washington but applicants to FHL courses do not need to be enrolled at University of Washington. Students from all over the world come to study and conduct research at Friday Harbor Labs.

 

How do students register for courses at Friday Harbor Labs?
Students must apply and be accepted by Friday Harbor Labs before they can be registered for FHL courses or research apprenticeships. There are different registration procedures for spring, summer and autumn quarters at FHL, and for University of Washington (UW) students and non-UW students.

• Marine Biology Quarter (MBQ) Course Registration: UW students will be provided with Add Codes by FHL staff so UW students can register themselves for MBQ courses at FHL. All non-UW students will be registered by FHL staff.

• Pelagic Ecoystem Function (PEF) Research Apprenticeship Course Registration: All research apprenticeship students will be registered by FHL staff; UW students do not register themselves for research apprenticeships.

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Estimated Costs 2014

Student Information

Research Apprenticeship Program

Summer 2014

Spring 2014



AUTUMN QUARTER 2014 COURSE LIST


1) MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER

Students select courses from the following options to total full-time enrollment (12 or more credits):

    Marine Biology (5 credits: Biology 250)
    Biology of Fishes (5 credits: FHL 305) equivalent to Fish 311, Ichthyology
    Integrative Oceans (4 credits, Ocean 210) formerly Ocean Circulation 3 credits
    Reading and Writing the Marine Environment (5 credits: English 365)
    Creative Writing Lab (1-5 variable credits: English 493)
    Foundations of Ecology (3 credits: Biology 356)
    Marine Sciences Seminar (1 credit: FHL 490) similar to FHL Undegraduate Seminar, Biology 490
    Research in Marine Biology (6 credits: FHL 470) equivalent to Biology/Ocean/Fish 479


2) PELAGIC ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION IN THE SAN JUAN ARCHIPELAGO
RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP

(Ocean 492, 15 credits)



Marine Biology Quarter (MBQ)

MAY 15 - early admission review
JULY 1 - standard review date*


*Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be accepted after July 1 if space is available. For information please contact Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator.

Of the following course options available for the Marine Biology Quarter, students will enroll in combination of courses which together constitute full-time enrollment (12 or more credits):

1) Marine Biology (5 credits: Biology 250)
2) Biology of Fishes (5 credits: FHL 305) equivalent to Ichthyology, Fish 311
3) Integrative Oceans (4 credits, Ocean 210) previously listed as Ocean Circulation, 3 credits
4) Reading and Writing the Marine Environment (5 credits: English 365)
5) Creative Writing Lab (1-5 variable credits: English 493)
6) Foundations of Ecology (3 credits: Biol 356)
7) Marine Sciences Seminar (1 credit: FHL 490)

8) Research in Marine Biology (6 credits: FHL 470) equivalent to Bio/Fish/Ocean 479

MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER 2014
WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE

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MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
8:30 - 9:20
Marine Biology Lecture
8:45 - 10:15
Marine Biology Outreach
(Oct. 22 - Nov. 26)
8:30 - 9:20
Marine Biology Lecture
8:30 - 5:00
Research in Marine Biology
(individually arranged)
9:30 - 10:50
Ichthyology
9:30 - 10:20
Marine Biology Lecture
9:30 - 10:20
Ocean Circulation
 
11:00 - 11:50
Ecology
10:30 - 11:50
Reading/Writing
10:30 - 11:20
Research in Marine Biology
10:30 - 11:20
Ocean Circulation
11:00 - 11:50
Ocean Circulation
12:15 - 12:45 Lunch
12:15 - 12:45 Lunch
12:15 - 12:45 Lunch
12:15 - 12:45 Lunch
12:15 - 12:45 Lunch
1:00 - 1:50
Research in Marine Biology
1:00 - 4:00
Marine Biology Lab
1:00 - 2:50
Ecology
1:00 - 5:00
Ichthology Lab
1:00 - 2:30
Writing Lab
2:00 - 3:20
Reading/Writing the Marine Environment
 
3:30 - 4:50
Ichthyology
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
FHL SEMINAR
 
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Reading/Writing and Writing Lab
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Writing Lab
 

Course descriptions:

1) Marine Biology

Dr. Emily Carrington
5 credits, Biology 250

This 5-credit lecture/laboratory course focuses on the incredible diversity of organisms inhabiting the marine environment. During the quarter we will take a broad tour through the plants and animals of the marine realm (plankton, seaweeds, invertebrates, fish, birds, and mammals), exploring how these organisms have adapted to life under water. Numerous field and laboratory exercises will expose students to common marine biological techniques and to the diverse marine communities common to Washington’s San Juan Islands. (Note: this course fulfills a core requirement of the Marine Biology minor for University of Washington students.) Recommendation: at least one quarter of introductory biology (more is preferable). Enrollment limited to 30 students.
For additional information contact: Dr. Emily Carrington.

Check out the blog from the 2009 Marine Biology students.

Photo: Dr. Tom Mumford

2) Biology of Fishes (equivalent to Ichthyology, Fish 311)

Dr. Nicholas Gidmark
5 credits, FHL 305 (W credits)

FHL 305 is an introductory course designed to provide an overview of the wonderful world of fishes, their kinds and ways. We’ll discuss and conduct a hands-on examination of the biology and diversity of living fishes of the world—from ancient bottom-living hagfishes and lampreys to modern-day sharks, rays, and bony fishes; from the freshwaters of Amazonia and to mangrove swamps and coral reefs; and from shallow-water lakes and streams to the deepest parts of the world's oceans.
For additional information contact: Dr. Nicholas Gidmark


3) Integrative Oceans

Dr. Adam Summers
Ocean 210, 4 credits
(previously listed as Ocean Circulation at 3 credits)

We will learn about the processes that control the large scale surface and deep water circulation of the ocean. We will look at the distribution of temperature, salinity, and chemical tracers to detect the circulation pathway of currents in the deep sea. In the surface ocean, we will learn how the ocean responds to forcing from surface winds and how this response controls the pattern and speed of surface currents.
Topics include temperature-salinity analysis; Coriolis force, geostrophic equilibrium, upwelling, water mass identification; water, salt, and heat budgets; advection and diffusion. Prerequisite: either Ocean 101, Ocean 200, or OCEAN 250/BIOL 250/FISH 250; recommended: either PHYS 114 or PHYS 121.

The course is both quantitative and descriptive. Thus familiarity with basic concepts (e.g., units, forces, vectors,) covered in an introductory Physics class will help. Although the exams and problem sets are quantitative, the mathematical skill level is fairly basic. Basic familiarity with Excel, or a similar spreadsheet program, will be needed for some problem sets.
For additional information contact: Dr. Adam Summers

Enrollment limited to 20 students.


4) Reading and Writing the Marine Environment

Richard Kenney and Sierra Nelson
English 365, 5 credits (cross-listed as CHID at UW)

Inspired by writers, artists, scientists and naturalists who have taken the sea for their subject, this is a marine-minded literature and writing course intended for readers and writers from all disciplinary backgrounds, engaging both creative and critical processes.

Diving in: what book is an unparalleled extravagance of literary ambition and style, a firsthand observatory of sea and life at sea, a serious natural history of cetacean mammals, an apparently bottomless mirror for American philosophical self-reflection, at once a mythic quest and a white-knuckle adventure story? Together we’ll attempt to harpoon the Great Book, Moby Dick: reading for delight, hoping for wisdom in its wake, and ultimately devising our own creative response.

Beside the White Whale, we’ll collect, examine, and write alongside many other specimens from the literatures of the sea—contemporary and ancient, poetry and prose. How do you get from sea to seascape? Consider paint, verse, field note, and mathematics: do marine representations in each of these modes have anything in common? What are their various intents and purposes? How does nerve by language nudge the world and come away with an impression? Our conversation will draw courage from large questions like these and others we may wish to bring to the table; meanwhile, our principal considerations will be practical—testing our hypotheses at the point of a pencil, and using our own writing experiments to further our understanding. No previous experience in creative writing is presumed; writing will be constant and joyful.

UW students earn “VLPA” credits in this course.

For additional information contact: Sierra Nelson


5) Creative Writing Lab

"W" writing credits available for UW students upon request

Richard Kenney and Sierra Nelson
1-5 variable credits: English 493 (cross-listed as CHID at UW)

Integrated with the literature class, this hands-on course further engages students through a series of generative creative writing experiments inspired by science and literature of the sea, as well as a dynamic roster of Visiting Artists and Scholars whose readings, lectures and prompts will focus our binoculars and microscopes more carefully on the language and skills of craft. Culminating in a portfolio of new creative writing and providing a more critical pressure toward revision than the parent class may permit, this course ignites new approaches to the creative process and develops conversational critical faculties in a communal setting. Previous creative writing experience is not required; curiosity and engagement is a requisite. "W" writing credits available for UW students upon request. 

For additional information contact: Sierra Nelsom

6) Foundations of Ecology

Dr. Kenneth Sebens
Biology 356: 3 credits (W credits)

This ecology core course emphasizes understanding species interactions in biological communities and relationships of communities to environment.

For additional information contact: Kenneth Sebens



7) Marine Sciences Seminar

Dr. Petra Ditsche
FHL 490: 1 credit (similar to Biology 490)

Course description: One lecture per week by a research scientist; all students are encouraged to attend.

For additional information contact: Petra Ditsche



8) Research in Marine Biology

Dr. Megan Dethier
FHL 470: 6 credits (equivalent to Biol/Fish/Ocean 479) (W credits)

This course provides students with a hands-on introduction of “doing science”. The bulk of the course will be spent engaged in research activities in close collaboration with a supervisor. Students’ projects will focus on selected questions of marine biology; research topics vary, but will involve lab experiments and/or field work in the local marine habitats of the San Juan Archipelago. We will also engage in lectures and class activities to gain skills in gathering, analyzing, and presenting data.

Mary Gates funding may be available for UW-matriculated undergraduates.*

For additional information contact: Megan Dethier


For general information about the Marine Biology Quarter contact:
Stacy Markman,
FHL Student Coordinator

UW students are encouraged to contact the Student Coordinators in their respective departments:

To apply, students should (a) follow the application procedures and (b) e-mail their preferred course choices to Stacy Markman.

Apply

Estimated Costs 2014

Student Information

Research Apprenticeship Program

Summer 2014

Spring 2014


Students from University of Washington may be eligible for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for Students

(*$1200 for the 6-credit FHL research portion of the Marine Biology Quarter or $3000 for a 15-credit FHL research apprenticeship). Minimum eligibility guidelines are at least sophpmore standing for a 6-credit apprenticeship, and at least junior standing for a 15-credit apprenticeship, a minimum 3.0 GPA and sufficient course background in introductory science courses; exceptions can be made for students with excellent recommendations and other specific information.

Students from other universities may apply for limited financial aid from Friday Harbor Laboratories.


Pelagic Ecosystem Function in the San Juan Archipelago

Research Apprenticeship, Autumn 2014
15 credits, Ocean 492

MAY 15 - early admission review
JULY 1 - standard review date*

*Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications will be accepted past July 1 if space is available. For information please contact Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator.


Dr. Jan Newton
University of Washington
Applied Physics Laboratory
newton@apl.washington.edu

W. Breck Tyler
University of California, Santa Cruz
Long Marine Laboratory
ospr@ucsc.edu

Dr. Matthew Baker
University of Washington
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
mattbakr@u.washington.edu

Now in its 11th year, this very successful apprenticeship, Pelagic Ecosystem Function (PEF), uses the natural laboratory of the waters in San Juan Archipelago to investigate the workings of a unique pelagic (open water) ecosystem. Friday Harbor is an ideal place for pelagic ecosystem studies because here, inputs from oceanic realms and major river systems are mixed by powerful tidal currents, creating an oceanographically complex habitat that supports a diverse community of plankton, fishes, seabirds, and marine mammals.

For this apprenticeship, we use university research vessels to examine the patterns, interactions, and links among all the components of this complex marine ecosystem, to understand how oceanographic processes shape the spatial and temporal patterns of open water biotic communities. Our goal is to gather data to document ecosystem trends and to teach you methods that you can use throughout your career. To achieve this, we help you design and implement an independent but integrated research project that is the keystone of this program.

Our apprenticeship features formal instruction, independent fieldwork, and a collaborative learning environment. For the first two weeks, the instructors provide an overview of basic concepts and field and laboratory techniques. Throughout the rest of the quarter, we work together to examine spatial and temporal variability in the fall transitional season for five pelagic ecosystem components: physical oceanography, chemical oceanography (DO, chlorophyll) phytoplankton, zooplankton, and predators (birds and mammals). You will to learn research methods for all of these but will then select one for intense focus. Working as part of a cooperative research team, you will have the opportunity to collect and analyze field and laboratory data. You will also learn to report your findings in a professional manner, verbally and in a written scientific paper.



This apprenticeship is a unique opportunity for you to spend a quarter conducting meaningful field research in a stimulating but supportive environment. Your work, building on the findings of previous apprentices, will contribute to a valuable data set that may enable us to document long-term changes in the region. You will also have the opportunity to learn from professional scientists and to work collaboratively with students from other institutions, teaching the methods you have learned and facilitating peer-to-peer learning.

Enrollment limited to 12 apprentices. UW students earn “W” credits in this writing-intensive course.

For additional information contact: Jan Newton or Breck Tyler


Click here for information and testimonials from past PEF research apprentices


Apply

Estimated Costs 2014

Student Information

Research Apprenticeship Program

Summer 2014

Spring 2014


Research Apprenticeship Program Information


Students from University of Washington may be eligible for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment (MGE) for Students: $1200 for the 6-credit FHL research portion of the Marine Biology Quarter or $3000 for a 15-credit FHL research apprenticeship. Minimum eligibility guidelines are a minimum 3.0 GPA and sufficient course background in introductory science courses, at least sophomore standing for the 6-credit research portion of the Marine Biology Quarter and at least junior standing for a 15-credit research apprenticeship; exceptions can be made for students with excellent recommendations and other specific information.


Students from other universities may apply for limited financial aid from Friday Harbor Laboratories.





Independent Study for UW Graduate Students

During all quarters, graduate students may register for research with the consent of their faculty advisors.

600 Independent Study or Research
700 Master's Thesis
800 Doctoral Dissertation