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Last modified May 29, 2013

Spring 2013 Courses and Research Apprenticeships


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FHL SPRING QUARTER: Monday, April 1 - Friday, June 7, 2013 (10 weeks)
Students arrive Sunday, March 31 after 3:00 p.m., depart Saturday, June 8 after breakfast.
Classes held Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Student Information

Research Apprenticeship Program

Summer 2013

Autumn 2013


FHL SPRING 2013 COURSE LIST:

1) THE ZOO-BOT QUARTER

  Students select course choices from the following options:


2) OCEAN ACIDIFICATION RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP
(Ocean 492, 15 credits)

3) MARINE SEDIMENTARY PROCESSES RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP
(Ocean 492, 15 credits)

4) THREE SEAS PROGRAM
March 25 - May 17, 2013 at Friday Harbor Labs
Northeastern University Program
http://www.northeastern.edu/threeseas/


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 follow the application procedures and, if applying for the ZooBot Quarter, e-mail their preferred course choices to Stacy Markman, Student Coordinator at Friday Harbor Laboratories.

How do students register for courses at Friday Harbor Labs?
Students much be apply and be accepted by Friday Harbor Labs before they can register for FHL courses or reserach 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.

SPRING AND AUTUMN COURSES: To register for the FHL "ZooBot Quarter" (a combination of courses in spring) or the FHL "Marine Biology Quarter" (a combination of courses in autumn) UW students accepted by FHL will be provided with Add Codes by FHL staff so students can register themselves through "MyUW" in the usual way. All non-UW students will be registered by FHL staff.

SPRING AND AUTUMN RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIPS: To register for FHL Research Apprenticeships (one 15-credit course) in Spring or Autumn Quarter, all students will be registered by FHL staff through UW Professional and Continuing Education (UWPCE). UW students may not register themselves for research apprenticeships.


The Zoo-Bot Quarter 2013

The review of applications will begin on January 25, 2013. Applications will be accepted past that date if space is available. For information please contact Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator: fhladmin@uw.edu

Zoo-Bot Quarter applicants select any combination of courses from the following five choices except a combination involving both Research Experiences. The Marine Zoology and Marine Botany courses are designed to complement each other and give students an overview of marine life of the region.

To apply for the Zoo-Bot Quarter :
1) Submit the web-based FHL application form, selecting "Zoo-Bot Quarter 2013" from the Spring Quarter course list, and then
2) email your Zoo-Bot Quarter course preferences to Stacy Markman.

Zoo-Bot Quarter: Monday, April 1 - Friday, June 7, 2013 (10 weeks)

Students select course choices from the following options:


Course descriptions provided below.


WEEKLY SCHEDULE

(for Zoo-Bot Quarter, Weeks 1-9; Week 10 schedule will differ)
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
8:30 - 12:00 Botany Botany NERE or MGRE Zoology Zoology
12:15 - 12:45 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Dev Bio Lab Dev Bio Lab Dev Bio Lab Dev Bio Lab NERE or MGRE
2:00 - 3:00 Botany Dev Bio Lab Dev Bio Lab Zoology NERE or MGRE
3:00 - 4:00 Botany Dev Bio Lab Dev Bio Lab Zoology NERE or MGRE
4:00 - 5:00 Botany NERE or MGRE FHL Undergraduate Seminar
(for all students)
Zoology no class scheduled

COURSE FACULTY:

Marine Zoology: Dr. Megan Dethier, Department of Biology, University of Washington
  Marine Botany: Dr. Charles O'Kelly, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington
  Developmental Biology Lab: Dr. Billie Swalla, Department of Biology, University of Washington
  Nearshore Ecology Research Experience: Dr. Megan Dethier, Department of Biology, University of Washington,
  Dr. David Duggins, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington and Alexander Lowe, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington
  Marine Genomics Research Experience: Dr. Billie Swalla, Department of Biology, University of Washington


  FHL Undergraduate Seminar: Dr. Charles O'Kelly, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington

Faculty contact information:

   mdethier@u.washington.edu
   dduggins@uw.edu
   cjokelly@u.washington.edu
   bjswalla@u.washington.edu
   
alowe70@uw.edu


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

The Zoology and Botany courses survey the groups of marine invertebrates and plants represented in the San Juan Archipelago; natural history, adaptations, evolution, and taxonomy. Considerable field work and detailed laboratory study of organisms is included. All students will perform organized outreach activities with the local schools. A field trip to the outer coast will allow contrasts of the organisms and ecology there.

The Developmental Biology Lab will explore the beauty of Embryology and Development in invertebrate animals, especially ascidians and echinoderms. Watch morphological changes in developing animals; Learn about the Genetic regulation of development; Do your own project on Bioinformatics and Genomics; Experimental analysis of developing systems; Students will do hands on labs with embryos, labeling with fluorescent probes and microscopy.

The Nearshore Ecology Research Experience* will focus on the ecology and physiology of marine organisms and their communities. The projects are guided research, under diverse local mentors, on a preselected topic, with some latitude for students to develop their own directions. Example projects involve the biomechanics of seaweeds, invertebrates, and fishes; food web ecology, including the role of seaweeds exported into deep water habitats; assessing algae as targets for the biofuels and other aquaculture-based industries; and behavioral predator-prey observations, for instance of crabs consuming clams or protozoa consuming microalgae. Skills gained include overall conduct of independent research, data analysis and interpretation, and practice in scientific writing. UW students earn “W” credits in this writing-intensive course.
Prerequisites: Appropriate background in biological sciences or concurrent enrollment in the Marine Zoology and Marine Botany courses at Friday Harbor Labs.

The Marine Genomics Research Experience* will explore the origin of major innovations in the evolution of signaling systems. Biology and Medicine today is the Biology of Genomes. Advances of modern genomic sciences and technologies are just beginning to be introduced into traditional zoological and comparative disciplines including marine biology. Moreover, there is an unfortunate divide between a few so-called “genomic” model organisms and a diversity of available species with unique development or functional characteristics but which lack genomic information. This gap is even more dramatic when an experimental biologist starts to address complex evolutionary questions or mechanisms of adaptation in various ecosystems including marine habitats. It is a long-desired goal of a biologist to both use a wide diversity of species for physiological tests and to integrate these experimental tests (or evolutionary hypotheses) with sufficient genomic information for any given species (or even multiple species) within months or even weeks. Thus, we have developed a research experience that will address these emerging challenges in genomic biology and marine genomics in particular. We would like to teach students how to integrate genomics and physiology; how to use non-traditional experimental preparations from less explored invertebrate groups and make them powerful models with extensive genomic information. We will teach students to sequence and annotate both genomes and transcriptomes. We will design crucial experiments and introduce novel experimental models for genomic biology such as basal metazoans (Ctenophores, possibly selected Cnidarians) and basal deuterostomes (such as Hemichordates, Echinoderms and Tunicates). Conceptually, we will integrate genomic and functional analysis for representatives of these two key lineages known to be crucial in our understanding of the origin and evolution of animal organization, and specifically evolution of signaling pathways.

*If you select a 6-credit research experience as part of your Zoo-Bot Quarter and are a matriculated undergraduate at University of Washington you may be eligible to apply for $1200 in funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for Students (MGE). Mimumum 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.

ZooBot Course Registration: UW students will receive Add Codes from FHL staff so that students may then register themselves.Non-UW students will be registered by FHL staff.

FHL Undergraduate Seminar: One lecture per week by a research scientist; all students are encouraged to attend.


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Summer 2013

Autumn 2013


Ocean Acidification Research Apprenticeship

(Ocean 492, 15 credits)

The review of applications will begin on January 25, 2013. Applications will be accepted past that date if space is available. For information please contact Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator: fhladmin@uw.edu

Spring Quarter 2013: Monday, April 1 - Friday, June 7, 2013 (10 weeks)
Students arrive Sunday, March 31 after 3:00 p.m., depart Saturday, June 8 after breakfast.
Classes held Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Dr. James W. Murray
School of Oceanography
University of Washington
jmurray@u.washington.edu

Dr. Robert Morris
School of Oceanography
University of Washington

Dr. Evelyn Lessard
School of Oceanography
University of Washington

Dr. Robin Kodner
Department of Biology
Western Washington University

Michael Foy
School of Oceanography
University of Washington

Students will participate in an ocean acidification mesocosm experiment. The lead instructor is James Murray (UW Ocean). Each student will help with design and conducting the overall sampling but will have their own specific research topic in microbiology (w/ Bob Morris, UW Ocean), phytoplankton (w/Robin Kodner, WWU, Ocean) or zooplankton (w/ Evelyn Lessard, UW Ocean). Students will also learn the chemical basics (calculation and analytical methods) of the ocean carbonate system. There will be class lectures and discussions on the chemical and biological basics of previous mesocosm experiments, including the previous experiment at FHL in April 2012. There will be field trips to the impacted shellfish industry. Guest lectures will provide societal relevance. A final oral and written report will include the methods used, data obtained and what they mean.
Up to 15 students could be included.

Students from University of Washington may be eligible for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for Students ($3000 for a 15-credit research apprenticeship). Minimum eligibility guidelines are at least a junior standing as a matriculated undergraduate student at University of Washington, a 3.0 GPA and sufficient course background in introductory science courses; exceptions can be made for students with excellent recommendations and other specific information.


Research Apprenticeship Course Registration: All students will be registered by FHL staff for FHL research apprenticeships; UW students may not register themsleves.



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Marine Sedimentary Processes: Elwha River Dam Removal Impacts
Research Apprenticeship

(Ocean 492, 15 credits)

The review of applications will begin on January 25, 2013. Applications will be accepted past that date if space is available. For information please contact Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator: fhladmin@uw.edu

Spring Quarter 2013: Monday, April 1 - Friday, June 7, 2013 (10 weeks)
Students arrive Sunday, March 31 after 3:00 p.m., depart Saturday, June 8 after breakfast.
Classes held Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Ogston Beach Photo



Dr. Andrea Ogston

School of Oceanography
University of Washington
ogston@ocean.washington.edu

Dr. Charles Nittrouer
School of Oceanography
University of Washington
nittroue@ocean.washington.edu

This research apprenticeship focuses on designing and performing studies that will allow students to evaluate the impacts of dams on the marine sedimentary system and the impacts during dam deconstruction of the release of reservoir-trapped sediment into the marine environment. Many rivers enter into the Puget Sound area, and the sediment brought to the marine environment creates a wide variety of seabed morphologies, which form the habitat for benthic biology. Dam removal projects are becoming increasingly popular to restore habitat of depleted fisheries and river ecosystems, and to add to the recreational opportunities on the nation's rivers. But we do not yet understand the full range of effects our “restoration” will have. One of these effects is the increased sediment discharge to the coastal ocean during dam removal. In many areas, this sediment can be considered a benefit, as it is projected to mitigate on-going shoreline erosion. Yet we need to understand the processes in the nearshore sedimentary system near the mouths of rivers to evaluate the overall impacts of dam removal and to inform over-seeing agencies as they make policies and recommendations.

The proximity of Friday Harbor Labs to the Elwha River makes it ideal to conduct a research cruise to the marine environment near the river mouth, and the timing of this apprenticeship will allow the investigation of highly concentrated flows discharged during the spring freshet as dam removal is being undertaken. The lab is also uniquely situated such that field trips to a variety of sedimentary environments (e.g., local tidal flats, the Skagit River delta) can be taken on a weekly basis. These environments provide an experiential learning environment in which an understanding of the range of sedimentary processes that occur near river mouths will be gained. An informed evaluation of processes in different settings and under differing environmental conditions allow scientists to predict hazardous material transport, shoreline erosion and deposition, and change in seabed habitats due to dam installation and removal. The apprentices to be recruited for this course will have the potential to become informed scientists and managers in charge of decision-making in future restoration projects.


https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/ogston/23399

Students from University of Washington may be eligible for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for Students ($3000 for a 15-credit research apprenticeship). Minimum eligibility guidelines are at least a junior standing as a matriculated undergraduate student at University of Washington, a 3.0 GPA and sufficient course background in introductory science courses; exceptions can be made for students with excellent recommendations and other specific information.

Research Apprenticeship Course Registration: All students will be registered by FHL staff for FHL research apprenticeships; UW students may not register themsleves.

Apply

Estimated Costs 2013

Student Information

Research Apprenticeship Program

Summer 2013

Autumn 2013



Three Seas Program

Please visit the Three Seas Program website for information about the program, its admission process and costs.

This program will convene at UW-Friday Harbor Laboratories in Spring 2013: March 25-May 17, 2013.
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