Summer Immersive Course (OSU: Hatfield Marine Science Center): Ecology of Marine and Estuarine Birds

Oregon State University (OSU) is again offering an immersive 4-week course for undergraduates on the Ecology of Marine and Estuarine Birds this summer from July 24 – August 18 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport on the Oregon coast. This is a field-oriented course suitable for students seeking an initial immersion in the science and conservation of seabirds, shorebirds, and related species. The course takes advantage of numerous nearby opportunities to study marbled murrelets, common murres, pigeon guillemots, western gulls, cormorants, snowy plovers, and other species. Students will discuss local conservation issues and relevant research with experts from OSU, management agencies, and NGOs, and participate in experiential learning opportunities such as the capture and banding of western gulls. For interested students, there is also a broader curriculum of marine science courses available during the summer session.

Student housing is available on the science center campus and OSU does not charge out-of-state tuition during summer session, making this an affordable option for students from other universities who are looking for an immersive experience at the coast. For additional information, contact don.lyons@oregonstate.edu or visit http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/summer.