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Ecology and Conservation of Marine Birds and Mammals

Target Audience: Educator (K-12)
Undergraduate Student
Graduate Student

Institution: University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories

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Course Description: FHL/Fish 492. his intensive, field-based course offers motivated students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the marine birds and mammals of the Salish Sea. Perched at the edge of the San Juan Channel, the Friday Harbor Labs are a great place to learn about these iconic animals and the conservation problems they face, as well as to develop the research skills needed to study them. We welcome applications from undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, and graduate students.This course emphasizes hands-on learning and makes full use of FHL’s research boats and facilities. During the first half of the course, lectures, field trips, and lab demonstrations familiarize students with the local fauna, their habitats, and relevant research techniques. Specifically, students will learn: 1) the systematics, morphology, physiology, and ecology of local species; 2) field identification and research techniques for studies of populations, behavior, diet, energetics, and other topics; 3) relationship of tides and other environmental variables to animal distribution and abundance; and 4) the status and conservation of local species.

Course Fees and Expenses: TBD. See:

Scholarships, Fellowships, Associated with the Course:

Funding Source: None

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Application Closing Date: 04/01/2018

Course Begins: 2018-07-16

Course Ends: 2018-08-17


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