Marine Ecology Course Description

Outside by the Rocky Shore

Marine Ecology is a three-credit lab science course offered jointly by Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee and Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. The trip provides a tightly-focused immersion into marine ecology. It explores how social, cultural, and historical factors affect - and are affected by - Jamaica's marine ecosystems.

Students attend pre-course sessions to give them an orientation to the course and an introduction to the subject matter. Advance reading also serves to prepare students for the trip.

Students in Class

Field instruction includes a series of lectures, but the primary instruction involves hands-on experiences: snorkeling in different marine contexts, hiking and study in shore environments, collection and identification of marine organisms and lab work.

Grading is based on a notebook and journal submitted by the student and a final practical exam taken in the wet lab. A student auditing the course will participate in all activities, but will not be required to submit a notebook/journal or take the final exam.

Typical Daily Schedule:

The following is a typical daily schedule. We will make adjustments based on the weather and other factors, however, so be prepared for changes.

7:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Morning Devotion
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lectures/Field Study
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15-2:30 p.m. Lecture
2:45-5:00 p.m. Lab sessions (water chemistry, sediment analysis, plankton analysis, boat survey); or identification of organisms collected during field study; or off-site field study.
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00-8:00 p.m. Lecture
8:00 p.m. Studying, or night snorkeling, or octopus hunting, or a volleyball game, etc.