LEARNING: University of Maine Marine Center summer courses For Marine Science

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center has a great line-up of classes being offered this summer on the coast of Maine that are open to undergraduate and graduate students from all universities. Additional information and complete course descriptions can be found at lhealy).

MATLAB for Marine Science
Dr. Damian Brady May 13-29 (M-F, 1-5pm)
Marine science is an increasingly technical field and Matrix Laboratory (MATLAB) is the language of technical computing. Students will learn the basics of computer programming and how to produce scientific figures that effectively highlight and communicate their results.

Techniques of Shellfish Aquaculture
Dr. Chris Davis June 8-12 (M-F, 8am-5pm)
Techniques in Shellfish Aquaculture is a one week course in which participants explore the theory and practice of marine bivalve aquaculture as practiced in the northeastern United States.

Techniques in Marine Mammal Ecology
Dr. Kristina Cammen June 8-19 (M-F, 8am-5pm)
This course will expose students to a diverse array of techniques used in marine mammal science and is designed to develop skills in experimental design, data analysis, and critical reading. Through a variety of in-class and field exercises, students will collect, analyze, and interpret data about the role of marine mammals in ocean ecosystems.

Science Communication Product Development
Annette deCharon June 8-19 (M-F, 8am – noon)
With guidance from experts, students will collaborate to create, share and evaluate a variety of science communication products. In a “flipped classroom” setting, they will use various online tools, critical thinking strategies, and collaborative approaches to construct meaningful key messages, engage new people, and broaden the impact of science. Graduate students will complete a focused three-day workshop following the course on preparing “Broader Impacts” statements for scientific research proposals.

Introduction to Research Diving
Christopher Rigaud June 8 – July 29 (M-F for first week, every W thereafter, 8am-5pm)
This is a class for students with a recreational certificate who hope to pursue scientific diving in their academic career. Students with a recreational certificate will be instructed in advanced diving, dive rescue, oxygen administration, and underwater research techniques. Practical field diving activities will be a large focus of the course.

Calibration & Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing

Emmanuel Boss (coordinator) July 6-31 The major theme of this intensive four-week, cross-disciplinary, graduate-level course in Optical Oceanography is calibration and validation of ocean color remote sensing. The course will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of ocean optics and optical sensor technology that will enable them to make quality measurements, be able to assess the uncertainties associated with the measurements, and compare these data with remotely sensed ocean color measurements and derived products. The course is sponsored by NASA and the University of Maine, with the goal of preparing a new generation of oceanographers trained in the use of optics to study the oceans.

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