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SoMAS Summer Program Gets Students on the Water for Immersive Experience

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Kurt Bretsch (right) of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences provides instruction to a class on the research vessel Peconic as part of the Introduction to Oceanography course. Photo by John Griffin.

Students participating in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) Introduction to Oceanography course (MAR 104) recently went on an in-depth exploration of Shinnecock Bay aboard the RV Peconic.

The class used oceanographic sampling gear to determine water column characteristics and collected marine organisms to discuss their adaptations and ecology. The activity was one of two research vessel trips taken as part of the intensive, two-week, college credit course offered every July at the Southampton Marine Sciences Center. Participants included exemplary high school students, current undergraduates from Stony Brook University as well as other institutions, and post-baccalaureates.

The course, led by Dr. Kurt Bretsch, SoMAS lecturer and faculty director for the Semester by the Sea program, examines the world ocean and the chemical, geological, and physical processes that control its major features and the life that inhabits it, as well as explore human interactions with the marine environment. Content is delivered via lectures, the two boat trips, and in-class activities, including a live plankton lab.

Learn more at the course website.

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