Friday Harbor Laboratories
last modified Sept. 27, 2016

Autumn 2016 Courses


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APPLY BY:

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 28 to Friday, December 9, 2016 (10.5 weeks), classes held Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Classes start Wed., Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m., end Friday, Dec. 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Students should arrive at FHL on Tuesday, Sept. 27 anytime after 3:00 p.m. (the first dinner at FHL is served at 6:00 p.m. but is not required) and depart no later than Saturday, Dec. 10 after breakfast served 7:45-8:15 a.m. (Students may depart anytime after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 or may choose to stay overnight at FHL on Friday, Dec. 9 departing Saturday morning, Dec. 10.)


Thanksgiving Holiday 2016:

No classes will be held on Thursday, November 24 or Friday, November 25 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.


• UW students with dorm contracts in Seattle may cancel their application and dorm assignment at no charge within one week of confirming their attendance at Friday Harbor Labs. Cancel your housing with UW Housing and Food Services via your Application and Assignment Home Page, and forward your enrolment confirmation to hfsinfo@uw.edu. Please include your name and student number in the email.

 

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: FHL staff will provide Add Codes to UW-matriculated students so students can register themselves for MBQ courses at FHL. All non-UW students will be registered by FHL staff.

• 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 2016

Student Information

Research Apprenticeship Program

Summer 2016

Spring 2016



AUTUMN QUARTER 2016 COURSE LIST


1) MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER

Students select a combination of courses to total full-time enrollment (12 or more credits); course choices and course descriptions are listed below.

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

(Ocean 492 B, 15 credits)

 

3) MARINE SEDIMENTARY PROCESSES: ELWHA RIVER DAM REMOVAL IMPACTS
RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP

(Ocean 492 A, 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.

To apply, students should (a) follow the application procedures and (b) e-mail their preferred course choices to Stacy Markman. Students select a combination of courses to total full-time enrollment (12 or more credits); course descriptions are listed below.

- Marine Biology (FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250, 5 credits)
- Biology of Fishes (FHL 305, 5 credits)
- Integrative Oceans (OCEAN 210, 4 credits)
- Research in Marine Biology: Eelgrass Stressors (FHL 470, 6 credits)
- Reading and Writing the Marine Environment (ENGL 365/CHID 498, 5 credits)
- Creative Writing Lab (ENGL 493, 1-5 variable credits)
- Marine Sciences Seminar (FHL 490, 1 credit)

AUTUMN QUARTER 2016: Students should arrive at FHL on Tuesday, Sept. 27 anytime after 3:00 p.m. (the first dinner at FHL is served at 6:00 p.m. but is not required) and depart no later than Saturday, Dec. 10 after breakfast served 7:45-8:15 a.m. (Students may depart anytime after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 or may choose to stay overnight at FHL on Friday, Dec. 9 departing Saturday morning, Dec. 10.).


MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER
AUTUMN 2016
WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE

 
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Marine Biology
Marine Biology
Marine Biology
Writing Lab
10:00 - 11:00
Research
8:30-12:00
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Integrative Oceans
Integrative Oceans
Integrative Oceans
10:30-Noon
Biology of Fishes
Biology of Fishes
Integrative Oceans
Research
11:00 - 12:00
Noon-1:00 p.m.
LUNCH
12:15-12:45
LUNCH
12:15-12:45
LUNCH
12:15-12:45
LUNCH
12:15-12:45
LUNCH
12:15-12:45
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Marine Biology
Lab
Biology of Fishes
Lab
Reading & Writing the Marine Environment
1:00-4:00 (3 hours)

Writing Lab
1:00 - 3:00

OR

Research
1:00 - 5:00

Research/Conferences
Seminar 4:00-5:00

5:00-7:30 p.m.

DINNER
6:00-6:30

DINNER
6:00-6:30
DINNER
6:00-6:30
DINNER
6:00-6:30
DINNER
6:00-6:30
7:30-8:30 p.m.
7:30-8:30 p.m. Reading & Writing the Marine Environment
7:30-8:30 p.m. Guest Speakers (Writing Lab)

*On the first day of the term, Wednesday, Sept. 28, students will spend part of the day attending an introductory session plus a tour of the FHL facilities.


Marine Biology Quarter course descriptions:

1) Marine Biology
FISH/OCEAN/BIOL 250
, 5 credits

Katie Dobkowski

kdobkows@uw.edu

Photo: Dr. Tom Mumford

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. TEXTBOOK: Marine Biology by Castro and Huber, 10th edition plus the Marine Biology Coloring Book, 2nd edition.

2) Biology of Fishes
FHL 305, 5 credits (W credits)

Dr. Matthew Kolmann

kolmann@uw.edu

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. RECOMMENDED READING: The Diversity of Fishes: Biology, Evolution, and Ecology, 2nd Edition by Gene Helfman, Bruce B. Collette, Douglas E. Facey, Brian W. Bowen

3) Integrative Oceans
Ocean 210, 4 credits

Dr. Anne Gothmann
gothmann@uw.edu

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. Enrollment limited to 20 students. No textbook is required for this course.

 

4) Research in Marine Biology: Eelgrass Stressors
FHL 470, 6 credits (W credits)
Dr. Sylvia Yang
sylvia.yang@wwu.edu

Seagrass meadows perform important ecological functions and ecosystem services, such as nutrient and carbon cycling and providing habitat for ecologically organisms. Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) is a dominant seagrass species in soft-sediment coastal habitats of the northern hemisphere. Within Washington State, Z. marina has been emphasized as a "vital sign" of estuarine health by the Puget Sound Partnership, which mandated a goal of increasing the distribution of this species 20% by 2020 while understanding factors causing local declines. The aim of this 6-credit Research Experience course is to engage students in a team experimental investigation of environmental stressors that could limit eelgrass distribution and resilience in Puget Sound. Enrollment limited to 20 students. No textbook is required for this course. Mary Gates funding may be available for UW-matriculated undergraduates.*



5) Reading and Writing the Marine Environment
English 365 (5 credits) (cross-listed as CHID at UW)
'W' Writing credit is available for ENGL 365 by request. Interested UW students should speak with the instructor on the first class day of the program.

Richard Kenney
rlkenney@gmail.com

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.

Q: 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?

A: Moby Dick, our principal quarry. Chasing the White Whale, we’ll net other specimens from the literatures of the sea, contemporary and ancient, verse and prose. In all cases, this will be reading from a writerly perspective, considering the technical aspects of literary art, asking in a practical way how this work is done.

Q: Or, in a broader sense, how does a mind move from sea to seascape—from Nature to its representation—in any medium? Consider “the marine environment” in paint, verse, field note, and mathematics: do 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?

A: That’s the class. 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: reading for joy, conversing together, and testing our thoughts in an experimental spirit at the point of a pencil.

All welcome: no previous experience in creative writing or literary study is presumed.

UW students earn “VLPA” credits in this course. No textbook is required for this course.

6) Creative Writing Lab
1-5 variable credits: English 493 (cross-listed as CHID at UW)
Elizabeth Cooperman and Katharine Ogle

lizcooperman@gmail.com
ogle.katie@gmail.com


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.
Link here for more course information.


7) Marine Sciences Seminar
FHL 490, 1 credit

Dr. Megan Dethier
mdethier@uw.edu

Course description: One lecture per week by a research scientist; all students are encouraged to attend. No textbook is required.


For general information about Friday Harbor Labs contact:
Stacy Markman,
FHL Student Coordinator

Student Coordinators at University of Washington

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.

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 2016

Student Information

Research Apprenticeship Program

Summer 2016

Spring 2016


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

(*$1250 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 sophomore 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 2016
Ocean 492 B, 15 credits

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.

 

DATES: Students should arrive at FHL on Tuesday, Sept. 27 anytime after 3:00 p.m. (the first dinner at FHL is served at 6:00 p.m. but is not required) and depart no later than Saturday, Dec. 10 after breakfast served 7:45-8:15 a.m. (Students may depart anytime after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 or may choose to stay overnight at FHL on Friday, Dec. 9 departing Saturday morning, Dec. 10.).


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 13th 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. No textbook is required for this course.


Click here for information and testimonials from past PEF research apprentices


Apply

Estimated Costs 2016

Student Information

Research Apprenticeship Program

Spring 2016

Summer 2016


Research Apprenticeship Program Information


Students from University of Washington may be eligible for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment (MGE) for Students: $1250 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.



Marine Sedimentary Processes: Elwha River Dam Removal Impacts

Research Apprenticeship, Autumn 2016
Ocean 492 A, 15 credits

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.

DATES: Students should arrive at FHL on Tuesday, Sept. 27 anytime after 3:00 p.m. (the first dinner at FHL is served at 6:00 p.m. but is not required) and depart no later than Saturday, Dec. 10 after breakfast served 7:45-8:15 a.m. (Students may depart anytime after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 or may choose to stay overnight at FHL on Friday, Dec. 9 departing Saturday morning, Dec. 10.)


Dr. Andrea Ogston
University of Washington
School of Oceanography
ogston@ocean.washington.edu

Dr. Ian M. Miller
University of Washington
School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
immiller@uw.edu


We will begin the course with a review the processes of sediment transport – the physical processes by which sediment particles are moved in the marine environment, and sedimentation in diverse shallow marine environments. We will start with methods of evaluating bed shear stress, move to resuspension of sediment particles, and then to transport as suspended load. The concept of sediment accumulation will be addressed, in terms of how deposition, erosion and bioturbation conspire to control the strata formed at particular sites. The impacts of these processes cause local and progressive changes of sedimentary characteristics in the seabed, which will be examined along fluvial dispersal systems from rivers to shallow marine settings. The connection between the seabed and benthic biology will be addressed by inviting speakers who are experts in this field. A homework problem set will be required in the first week of the course that incorporates Elwha delta data previously collected that will illustrate sediment-transport and accumulation processes

We will then familiarize students with the range of local sediment dispersal systems, evaluating the nearshore processes that have contributed to their development, and examining the anthropogenic impact on these systems. Emphasis here will be placed on the Elwha River dispersal system, discussing the oceanography of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the geological development of the Elwha delta and associated features, the construction of the dams, and the present sedimentary system with its associated nearshore habitat. This will provide the students with the necessary background to plan and perform a short research cruise (~4 working days) on the Elwha delta. Teams of students will select different research projects relating to habitat impacts resulting from sediment dispersal of the Elwha River (e.g., projects could focus on effects of light attenuation due to plume dispersal of sediment, nearbed scour as a function of bottom-boundary layer transport, time scales of seabed deposition and benthic habitat creation/destruction, relationships between habitat and benthos in the seabed), and collect the necessary data to perform these projects.

In the weeks following the cruise, student teams will conduct their research projects with time allotted for laboratory and data analyses. In-class time will be spent on specific transport processes, environments, interdisciplinary aspects and analysis techniques that will aid the students in their projects. Tools for prediction will be discussed. Writing assignments and project updates will ensure that students are making steady progress in their research project. The end result will be a research paper that describes the existing process and discusses implications for the future.

Throughout the apprenticeship, a number of field trips are taken to experience, up close and personal, the sedimentary environments that will be discussed in lectures. The Friday Harbor Lab is uniquely situated to be within a couple hours drive from a range of river mouth and shallow coastal environments with varying degrees of human impact.

Enrollment limited to 12 apprentices. UW students earn “W” credits in this writing-intensive course. No textbook is required for this course.

Apply

Estimated Costs 2016

Student Information

Research Apprenticeship Program

Spring 2016

Summer 2016


Research Apprenticeship Program Information


Students from University of Washington may be eligible for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment (MGE) for Students: $1250 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