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Ocean S.T.E.A.M.™
Introduction to Marine Biodiversity
May 26-31, 2024

Come and explore the Bay of Fundy seashores with students who share your interest in marine life. This hands-on field course will introduce participants to the creatures hiding under the rocks, beneath the seaweed, in the mud, and in the water column. What you collect is what you will study back in the lab. The first part of the course will concentrate on collecting, observing, identifying and classifying diversity of local invertebrates and taking environmental measurements. The second part of the course will ask students to pull the basic information together to get a better understanding of which animals live where and why.
Example Career Connections: Research Technician, Conservation Officer, Environmental Planner, Science Educator

Schedule at a Glance
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Schedule at a Glance

We aim to spend half of each day in the field and half in the lab or on tours. Field trips are a go “rain or shine.” The following schedule is provided as an inspirational guide, but we may have to juggle activities based on weather conditions for each day. The days are full, with one activity flowing into the next, and will include evening sessions.

Day 1
Arrival/settle-in. Orientation. Tides.
Day 2
Research vessel oceanography trip. Plankton. Intertidal biodiversity. Invertebrate classification.
Day 3
Tour of Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium. Muddy shore biodiversity. Phylum Echinodermata. Seaweed.

Day 4
Invertebrate behaviour experiments. Invasive species survey. Art connections. Data analysis.
Day 5
Introduction to fish. Tour Huntsman Taxonomy Lab. Zonation data collection. Data analysis.
Day 6
Presentations. Clean lab. Group photo. Wrap-up.

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