[Coral-List] SEEDS Marine Ecology Student Field Trip

Pollyanna I Fisher pfisher at hawaii.edu
Sat Aug 4 14:41:52 EDT 2007

SEEDS Marine Ecology Student Field Trip

The fall SEEDS student field trip will take place October 25-28, 2007 to Santa Barbara, California, hosted by the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research Project (SBC). The field trip will center on the giant kelp forest ecosystems, the research focus of the SBC LTER. Activities will include: a field trip up one of the SBC LTER watersheds led by graduate students who do research there; a beach field trip and activity; an educational activity at the SBC LTER learning aquarium; a dinner that incorporates discussions and presentations focused on career options in marine science; and, some social time in Santa Barbara. All field trip expenses are covered for participants.

More information and the application are available at http://www.esa.org/seeds/fieldtrips/upcoming.php. The application deadline is August 15, 2007.

SEEDS is an education program of the Ecological Society of America. Its mission is to diversify and advance the profession of ecology through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students. Focused at the undergraduate level, opportunities sponsored by the program include student field trips, undergraduate research fellowships, ESA Annual Meeting travel awards, and campus ecology chapters.

The core SEEDS program components offer hands-on, engaging experiences with ecology that exhibit the relevance and applications of the science. Each experience also provides opportunities to interact with a diverse group of ecologists and other motivated students to both broaden and deepen students’ understanding of ecology and potential careers. 

I wish I was still an undergraduate and able to participate. The field trip I attended was one of the most rewarding and a great learning experience. Not to mention all of the great people I met. Please pass this on to any undergraduates who may qualify and are interested.


P. Fisher-Pool

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