FHL 101: Spring quarter weekend field trip course for 1 credit to visit the UW’s Marine Field Station

This is an excellent chance for students to visit the UW’s Marine Field Station Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island in the first weekend of May. The whole course (1 cr, cr/nc) is completed through the field trip, and is open to students from any background, but will students in their first or second year at UW. Email marbiol to request an add code.

Joe Kobayashi

Marine Biology Academic Adviser
University of Washington
Fisheries Sciences Building, Room 114 Box: 355020


Introduction to Marine Biology in the San Juan Islands

FHL 101, 1 credit

Dr. Megan Dethier

University of Washington, Department of Biology


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: 25 students.

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

Joe Kobayashi

University of Washington Academic Advisor, Marine Biology


206 543-7426


Date: Saturday, May 4 through Sunday, May 5: a weekend in spring quarter when there are good low tides. Transportation, housing and meals are provided.

Course Fee: $195 (includes transportation to Friday Harbor, overnight housing and three meals at the Friday Harbor Labs 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.

[for more information, see the full schedule of activities]

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