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Ocean S.T.E.A.M.™
Marine & Freshwater Environmental
Sampling Methods
October 15-20, 2023

This hands-on field course will introduce students to the methods that scientists use to study marine and freshwater ecosystems. Students will gain practical experience in a variety of sampling techniques and learn how to document and interpret their findings.
Example Career Connections: Environmental Technologist, Natural Resource Manager, Research Biologist, High School Science Teacher

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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. Tour of campus.
Day 2:  Where am I sampling? – Charts and Position fixing, map grid references. Tour of Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium. Boat trip to practice locating sites. Deploying green crab traps. Using software to document positions. Orienteering.
Day 3:  Selecting sampling techniques. Writing a risk assessment for fieldwork. Boat based sampling practice. Retrieving green crab traps. Lecture on green crab monitoring. Study of the effect of gear selectivity (mesh size).

Day 4:  Using biotic indices to monitor environmental health. Stream monitoring using kick sampling. Lecture on eDNA. Using iNaturalist.
Day 5:  Quantitative sampling. How much data do I need? Shore transects and quadrat fieldwork. Designing a monitoring program.
Day 6:  Presentations on monitoring program plans. Clean lab. Group photo. Wrap-up

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