Friday Harbor Laboratories

Last modified Feb. 21, 2017

Spring 2017 Courses


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Applications now being accepted!
Application review begins February 1, 2017.
Applications will be accepted after Feb. 1 if space is available.


To check on space availability after Feb. 1, please email Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator.


Spring Quarter 2017:

Monday, March 27 - Friday, June 2, 2017 (10 weeks)

• Classes are held Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

• Students should plan to arrive Sunday, March 26 after 3:00 p.m. Sunday dinner will be served at 6:00-6:30 p.m. (one hour later than the usual Sunday dinner time to accommodate students arriving on the evening ferry).

• Students may depart anytime after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2 but no later than Saturday, June 3 after breakfast.

• UW students with dorm contracts in Seattle should cancel their application and dorm assignment in Seattle within one week of confirming their attendance at Friday Harbor Labs. Log into the UW Housing & Food Services Application and Assignment Home Page and submit an Agreement Termination Notice (located under the Resident Resources header for the relevant academic year). On the HFS form, to answer the question "Where are you moving to?" please select the choice "off-campus house/apartment."

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Student Information 2017

Research Apprenticeship Program

Summer 2017

Autumn 2017


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FHL Student Calendar 2017
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Program options in Spring 2017:

1) ZOO-BOT QUARTER, SPRING 2017 (10 weeks, Mar. 27-Jun. 2)
Students participate in a combination of 3 standard courses, plus optional Marine Sciences Seminar, for a total of 16 or 17 credits:

- Marine Zoology (FHL 430/BIOL 430, 5 credits)

- Marine Botany (FHL 440/BIOL 445, 5 credits)

- Research in Marine Biology (FHL 470, 6-credit Research Experience)

- (optional) Marine Sciences Seminar (FHL 490, 1 credit)


2) MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER, SPRING 2017
(10 weeks, Mar. 27-Jun. 2)

Students select a combination of 3-5 courses for a minimum of 12 total credits:

- Marine Mammals of the Salish Sea (FHL 375, 5 credits)

- Science Writing for Diverse Audiences (FHL 333, 3 or 5 credits)

- Integrative Oceans (OCEAN 210, 4 credits)

- Introduction to Probability and Statistics (Q SCI 381, 5 credits)

- Marine Sciences Seminar (FHL 490, 1 credit)

3) THREE SEAS PROGRAM (7 weeks, tentative dates: March 19-May 5)
offered by Northeastern University at Friday Harbor Laboratories
To apply: http://www.northeastern.edu/marinebiologypsm/


4) INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOLOGY IN THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS (2 days, April 29-30)
Targeted to University of Washington freshmen and sophomores only.
FHL 101, 1 credit

 

Please note that there are no research apprenticeships offered in Spring 2017. The next research apprenticeship (Pelagic Ecosystem Function in the San Juan Archipelago Research Apprenticeship) will be offered in Autumn 2017.


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:

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How do students apply for courses at Friday Harbor Labs?
Link here for application procedures and, if applying for the Marine Biology Quarter, e-mail your preferred course choices to Stacy Markman, Student Coordinator at FHL.

How do students register for courses at Friday Harbor Labs?

Students must apply and be accepted by Friday Harbor Labs before they can register for FHL courses or research apprenticeships. Registration instructions will be provided by FHL staff to all accepted students. Link here for registration information.



Zoo-Bot Quarter, Spring 2017

Photo credit: Tiffany Stephens

Application Review: Applications are due by February 1, 2017. Admission decisions will be emailed to applicants within approximately 2-5 weeks. Applications will be accepted after Feb. 1st if space is available. For information please contact Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator: fhladmin@uw.edu

Spring Quarter 2017: Monday, March 27 - Friday, June 2, 2017 (10 weeks). Classes are held Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Students arrive Sunday, March 26 after 3:00 p.m., depart no later than Saturday, June 3 after breakfast. Students may depart after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2 if they choose.

The Zoo-Bot Quarter requires full-time enrollment: 16 or 17 total credits in a combination of 3 or 4 courses:

• Two courses, Marine Zoology (FHL 430/BIOL 430, 5 credits) and Marine Botany (FHL 440/BIOL 445, 5 credits), are designed to complement each other and give students an overview of marine life of the region.

• A third required course is Research in Marine Biology (FHL 470, 6 credits).

• Students are encouraged to participate in the fourth course: FHL Marine Sciences Seminar (FHL 490, 1 credit).


To apply for the Zoo-Bot Quarter:

1) Submit the web-based FHL application form, selecting "Zoo-Bot Quarter 2017" from the Spring Quarter course list

2) Email an electronic copy of your transcripts to fhlapp@uw.edu

3) If you are not a matriculated UW student (or are a UW student wishing to apply for Mary Gates Endowment support), you should also submit your personal statement (via email) and a letter of recommendation (directly from the writer to FHL via email: fhlapp@uw.edu.

Note: There are no prerequisite courses for the Research in Marine Biology course (FHL 470, 6 W credits) at FHL. UW students admitted for FHL classes will be provided with Add Codes to override prerequisites.


ZOO-BOT QUARTER WEEKLY SCHEDULE 2017

Weeks 1-8: See table below
Weeks 9 and 10: Research full-time
Exception: A 4-day class camping field trip in May (dates to be determined, usually Friday to Monday) to "Botany Beach" on the exposed rocky coast of Vancouver Island, Canada.

WEEKS 1-8
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
8:30 - 12:00
Botany
Botany
Zoology
Zoology
Research
12:00 - 1:30
Lunch served 12:15-12:45
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
1:30 - 4:00
Botany
Botany
Zoology
Zoology
Research
4:00 - 5:00
Botany
Research
Seminar
Zoology
Research


COURSE FACULTY:

Marine Zoology: Dr. Megan Dethier, University of Washington, Department of Biology
Marine Botany: Dr. Thomas Mumford, University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories
Research in Marine Biology: Dr. Matthew Kolmann, University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories
Marine Sciences Seminar: faculty to be determined

Faculty contact information:

mdethier@uw.edu
tmumford@uw.edu
kolmann@uw.edu


ZOO-BOT QUARTER COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (3 courses required, 1 course optional):

The Zoology and Botany courses (required) survey the groups of marine invertebrates, algae and plants represented in the San Juan Archipelago; natural history, adaptations, evolution, and taxonomy. Frequent local field trips to different habitats allow students to study organisms in their natural environments, and trips on the RV Centennial permit exploration of subtidal and open-water systems. Daily lectures are followed by detailed laboratory study of organisms. All students also perform organized outreach activities with local schools. A 4-day camping field trip to the exposed rocky coast of Vancouver Island enables study of the organisms on wave-swept shores. Note: all students will need a passport or equivalent paperwork to allow travel into Canada. No textbooks are required for these courses.

For Marine Botany, we do not require a formal text, however we recommend this book as a mid-level text covering most of the subjects presented in the course:
Graham, L. E., James M. Graham, Lee W. Wilcox, and Martha E. Cook. Algae (Third Edition) 2016, ISBN 978-0-9863935-3-2. Only available as eBook from http://www.ljlmpress.com/algae.html ($40.00) (Second edition is available in hardcopy but is substantially different.)

Photo credit: Tom Mumford


Research in Marine Biology*
(required) will enable students to explore a research topic in close collaboration with a supervisor. The topics are open ended but will rely on marine examples. Students will engage in a supervised practical research experience and learn more about scientific thinking and the process of becoming a professional scientist. Techniques learned will be related to the chosen topic and could include scanning electron microscopy, mechanical testing, high-speed videotaping, and flume or field experiments. UW students earn “W” credits. No textbook is required for this course.

Photo credit: Tiffany Stephens

Marine Sciences Seminar (optional): There will be one lecture per week given by research scientists. The topics will cover different fields of research. Participation is obligatory for registered students wanting to gain credits, but all students are encouraged to attend. No textbook is required.

Prerequisites for the Zoo-Bot Quarter: Appropriate background in biological sciences and a high interest in solving questions.

*The Research in Marine Biology course is a 6-credit "Research Experience" course at Friday Harbor Labs. If you are a matriculated undergraduate at University of Washington you may be eligible to apply for $1250 in funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for Students (MGE). Minimum eligibility guidelines for this MGE funding are at least a sophomore standing, 3.0 GPA and sufficient course background in introductory science courses; exceptions can be made for students with excellent recommendations and other specific information.

Notes for Zoo-Bot Quarter:

• Application Review: Applications are due by February 1, 2017. Admission decisions will be emailed to applicants within approximately 2-5 weeks. Applications will be accepted after Feb. 1st if space is available. For information please contact Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator: fhladmin@uw.edu


• Registration Procedure: Students must apply and be accepted by Friday Harbor Labs before they can register for FHL courses. UW students will receive Add Codes from FHL staff to access registration through MyUW. Students not matriculated at University of Washington will be registered by FHL staff. Link here for additional registration information (FHL 2017 Student Information).

• Clothing and Gear: Students will need boots, warm clothing, and good rain gear for intertidal field trips, as well as camping gear for a field trip to the outer coast. Detailed instructions will be provided.

• Field Trip to Canada: The ZooBot group will be taking a 4-day trip to the exposed coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. This means that all U.S. students need their passport or Enhanced Driver's License in order to cross the border into Canada. Foreign students may need a visa to Canada:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp


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Estimated Costs 2017

Student Information

Research Apprenticeship Program

Summer 2017

Autumn 2017


Marine Biology Quarter, Spring 2017

Application Review: Applications are due by February 1, 2017. Admission decisions will be emailed to applicants within approximately 2-5 weeks. Applications will be accepted after Feb. 1st if space is available. For information please contact Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator: fhladmin@uw.edu

Spring Quarter 2017: Monday, March 27 - Friday, June 2, 2017 (10 weeks). Classes are held Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Students arrive Sunday, March 26 after 3:00 p.m. and depart no later than Saturday, June 3 after breakfast.
Students may depart after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3 if they prefer.

The Marine Biology Quarter requires full-time enrollment.

Students select a combination of 3 to 5 courses (minimum 12 credits) from the following course choices:

MARINE MAMMALS OF THE SALISH SEA
FHL 375, 5 credits
Dr. Deborah Giles
Research Director, Center for Whale Research
giles7@gmail.com

The Salish Sea provides the ideal backdrop to study marine mammals. This course will provide students new to the biological sciences an opportunity to learn about the wide variety of marine mammals found here and the ecosystems that support them. This course focuses on the biology and conservation of marine mammals and their habitats and the key processes that created them. Discussions will include various topics of marine mammal science and conservation including: taxonomy, morphology including adaptations for marine realm, behavior (feeding strategies, social interactions, reproduction, etc.), habitat use and range, acoustics, anthropogenic impacts, and management of threatened or endangered animals. Students will be taught how to collect marine mammal data such as behavior and population estimates, and may also participate in necropsies. There will be several field trips, both land based and boat based, focused on observing marine mammals in their natural habitats. Students should be prepared to conduct field observations in inclement weather.

SCIENCE WRITING FOR DIVERSE AUDIENCES
FHL 333, 3 or 5 credits

Edward (Ned) Schaumberg
University of Washington, English Department
schaumeg@uw.edu

This course will help students read peer-reviewed and public science writing, and understand and analyze those genres with respect to message, structure and target audience. Content will be focused on marine science and emerging issues in marine biology and ecology. Students will also engage in writing, learning to build effective science communication pieces targeted to specific audiences. Peer review, iterative editing, and both individual and team-based writing will be featured. Textbook to be determined.


Photo credit: Tiffany Stephen

INTEGRATIVE OCEANS
OCEAN 210, 4 credits
Dr. James W. Murray
University of Washington, School of Oceanography
jmurray@uw.edu

The objectives of this course are to learn the patterns of, and processes that cause, the large scale circulation of currents in the surface ocean and deep sea. The ocean's circulation plays a very important role in controlling the earth's climate. We will learn how to use observations (data) to answer oceanographic questions quantitatively in addition to qualitatively (problem solving skills). Our focus is on the large-scale circulation of the ocean. Topics include temperature-salinity analysis; water mass identification; water, salt, and heat budgets; chemical tracer distributions; advection and diffusion.

Textbook to be determined.


INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Q SCI 381, 5 credits
Colton W. Miller
University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
cwm4@uw.edu

Statistics endeavors to provide unbiased methods for detecting and quantifying differences in the environment that may enhance our understanding of the natural world. Analytical methods have been used extensively in marine sciences, fisheries, and other environmental studies, and they often provide a foundation for making decisions and allocating resources. This course will engage students with exercises and activities tailored towards biological and natural resource sciences with a marine focus. Specific content includes: random variables, expectations, variances, binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson, normal, chi-square, "t" and "F" distributions. The required textbook is J.E. Freund and B.M. Perles, Modern Elementary Statistics, 12th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall 2007.


MARINE SCIENCES SEMINAR
FHL 490, 1 credit
Faculty to be determined

There will be one lecture per week given by research scientists. The topics will cover different fields of research. Participation is obligatory for registered students wanting to gain credits, but all students are encouraged to attend. No textbook required.



MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER WEEKLY SCHEDULE 2017 (DRAFT)

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
MORNING

QSci 381:
8:30-10
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Ocean 210:
11:00-12:00
Marine Mammals:
8:30-12:00

QSci 381:
8:30-10
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Ocean 210:
11:00-12:00

Marine Mammals:
8:30-12:00

Ocean 210:
9:30-10:30
********
Ocean 210:
Quiz section
10:30-12:00

12:00 - 1:30
Lunch served 12:15-12:45
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Lunch Break
1:30 - 4:30

Writing 333:
1:30-3:00

QSci 381 Lab:
1:30 - 4:00
Writing 333:
1:30-3:00
Writing 333:
1:30-3:00
4:00 - 5:00
SEMINAR



Three Seas Program

Please visit the Three Seas Program web site for information about the program, its admission process and costs.
This program will convene at UW Friday Harbor Laboratories in Spring 2017: March 19-May 5 tentative dates (7 weeks)



Introduction to Marine Biology in the San Juan Islands

FHL 101, 1 credit
Dr. Megan Dethier
University of Washington, Department of Biology
mdethier@uw.edu

This one-weekend, one-credit course is targeted to University of Washington freshmen or sophomores studying marine biology, biology or environmental science who want to learn more about marine habitats; priority will be given to students 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: 20 students.

To apply to participate, or for more information please contact:

Joe Kobayashi
University of Washington Academic Advisor, Marine Biology
jkob@uw.edu
206 543-7426


Overview:

Date: a weekend in spring quarter when there are good low tides. Transportation, housing and meals are provided. Target dates for 2017: April 29-30.

Lab Fee: $120 to be paid to University of Washington along with tuition.

FHL Room and Board: $65 to be a paid seperately to Friday Harbor Labs to cover 3 meals and one night housing on the FHL 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 they 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.

Tentative schedule:
Saturday
~7 am (depending on ferry schedule); Vans pick up students on the Seattle campus.
~11 am: Welcome to FHL; tour, description of classes and research opportunities
12:15: Lunch
1:00 pm: Short introduction to the San Juan Archipelago and coastal habitats
1:30 – 3:30: Trip on R/V Centennial. Trawl in San Juan Channel and sort/explore the catch. Observe seals hauled out (low tide) on Yellow Island.
4:00: Short lecture on planktonic habitats and organisms
4:30: All hands to rowboats to collect plankton and dip jellyfish
5:00: Explore plankton in lab
6:00: Dinner
7:00: Exploring feeding modes of invertebrates from the trawl – lab and online
8:30: Micro-presentations of information on feeding modes
9:00: Nightlighting at the docks: see the invertebrates that come to an underwater light, and the predators that come to eat them!
10:00 Optional Blue Planet videos in the dining hall
Overnight at FHL in campus housing

Sunday
9:00 am: Advising for Marine Biology minors and majors
10:00: Brunch
11:00: Short lecture on tides and rocky shore habitats
12:00: Field trip to a rocky shore for low tide (location dependent on weather and recent sightings of orca whales)
If time allows: Stop in False Bay for a brief contrast with a sand-mud habitat
4:00 (depending on ferries): Leave FHL for ferry, then drive back to Seattle
By 9:00 pm: return to UW.


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