Over the summer, Dublin School’s very own Director of Development, Erika Rogers, piloted an eight week online marine biology course culminating in a 3 day research intensive. Junior Hope Fowler recounts her experience below.
Marine Biology is an odd thing. As a human, who has lived on the earth for 16 years, I thought I knew enough about the water that this course couldn’t be too bad. I mean it’s cold, it’s way too salty to drink, and crabs will definitely bite your toes if you stand still for too long. And believe it or not, I was not too far off. Water, salinity, and marine organisms were three major topics that we focused on during our course. That being said, in no way did I end up knowing everything; I barely knew anything at all.
Our course was an 8-week intensive program that was in much of its entirety done with online courses. From August 15-17, my classmates, instructor Ms. Rogers, and I went on a long weekend excursion visit to the sea in Mystic, Connecticut. There we focused on hands-on-activities, exposing ourselves to a variety of marine life and aspects of marine biology/biologists.
We traveled to Groton, CT for an Oceanographic cruise with Project Oceanology. Our trip began with an early morning research expedition, but went on to include a tour of Avery Point Marine Science Dept. and Laboratories, camping at Camp Niantic Family Campground, a necessary visit to The Book Barn, a field study and hike at Bluff Point Park and Marine Reserve, a visit to Mystic Seaport to learn about Mystic Maritime History and man’s historic life at sea, a perusal of the Submarine Force Library & Museum (home of the USS Nautilus, fist US Nuclear Submarine) and a tour of Mystic Aquarium —all in the course of only 3 days!
For those of you willing to go out of your comfort zone to learn something interesting and truly inspiring, than this is the summer course for you.