Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Meets the following requirements:

  • ES - Environmental Science

Lab fee:


This course is an intensive field course that focuses on research design, collaborative fieldwork, and data analysis and interpretation for ecological studies done in local aquatic ecosystems.

Within the broad category of aquatic habitats the course focuses on intertidal mudflats and streams. Both of these habitats have ongoing field research and restoration work where faculty and students can make substantial contributions to local applied research while learning methodologies and rationale for various types of research.

Potential project partners and collaborators include Acadia National Park, Maine Department of Marine Resources, Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife. Somes-Meynell Sanctuary, Town of Bar Harbor Marine Resources Committee, Frenchman Bay Regional Shellfish Committee, Frenchman Bay Partners, the George Mitchell Center at the University of Maine, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

This class meets twice weekly with an additional lab period that will include some weekend days. Evaluation will be based on homework, short-answer essays and work with 1-2 other students as co-leaders on one of the small-group projects in the class.


At least two classes in ecology, evolution, or biology and a course in chemistry or geology, and permission of instructor.

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