Summer Marine Biology Courses at University of Hawaii at Hilo

Summer Session 2017

I am pleased announce that I will be offering the following three classes this summer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  The labs for each class involve research-based, hands-on techniques as the students participate in research studies focused upon each group of marine animals.

MARE 250 – Statistical Applications in Marine Science

MARE 380 – Natural History of Sharks and Rays/Lab

MARE 490 – Sea Turtle Conservation & Ecology/Lab

Dates:      June 19July 28, 2017

MARE 250 Statistical Apps in Marine Science, 3 credits – Dr. Jason Turner

Hands-on approach to designing field experiments, collection of ecological data, analysis of data on computers using statistical methods, and presentation of results. Requires completion of a project using data collected in the field followed by the preparation of both written and oral reports. Pre: MARE/BIOL 171 or MARE 201, or instructor’s consent.

MARE 380, Natural History of Sharks and Rays, 3 credits – Dr. Jason Turner

This course will examine the natural history of the Elasmobranchs, an ancient group of fishes that have existed for almost 450 million years. Comprehensive investigations of sharks, rays, skates, sawfishes, and chimera along with representative species from Hawai`i will be conducted. Subjects will include evolution, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, ecology, conservation and management of these unique animals. Discussions of current research papers along with group research projects will be covered during lectures. Pre: Concurrent enrollment in MARE 380L required.

MARE 380L, Natural History of Sharks, Rays, and Skates Lab, 1 credit – Dr. Jason Turner

This course will further examine Elasmobranchs using a hands-on approach to compliment the work done in lecture using both laboratory and field-based activities. Laboratory sessions will involve detailed dissections of shark, ray, skate, and chimera functional anatomy. Students will also participate in a tagging study of coastal shark species throughout the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Pre: Concurrent enrollment in MARE 380 required. $250 lab fee payable upon registration.

MARE 490, Sea Turtle Conservation & Ecology, 3 credits – Dr. Jason Turner

All-encompassing look at the natural history of these ancient marine vertebrates with special focus on sea turtle of Hawaii. Topics include investigations of sea turtles, sea snakes, saltwater crocodiles and marine iguanas throughout the world. Subjects will consist of conservation and management, human impacts, reproductive and feeding ecology, evolution, taxonomy, and anatomy and physiology of these unique marine animals. Pre: prior college-level marine biology course recommended, or equivalent or instructor’s consent. Pre: Concurrent enrollment in MARE 490L.

MARE 490L, Sea Turtle Conservation & Ecology Laboratory, 1 credit – Dr. Jason Turner

Field and lab techniques employed by sea turtle biologists including shore and underwater photo-surveys, forage surveys, and evaluation of nests and hatchlings. Investigations will focus on local species of sea turtles of Hawaii including green (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata). Pre: Concurrent enrollment in MARE 490. $250 lab fee payable upon registration.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the 2017 Summer Session are:

Undergraduate Resident              $300 per credit

Undergraduate Non-resident    $435 per credit

Undergraduate WUE*                   $367.50 per credit

Graduate Resident                          $479 per credit

Graduate Non-resident                    $631 per credit

Student Life Center fee:                   $ 35

Lab and Other Fees                         Varies

*Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and for Pacific Island students

 Registration is now Open! Visit the link below for more information and to register

 Please email me directly if you have any questions at:

For additional information about the University of Hawaii at Hilo Summer Program:

Summer Research Cruise Volunteers needed with NOAA NW Fisheries Science Ctr

NOAA volunteer cruise position flyerWant to go to sea this summer?

We’ve got some spots to fill!

Are you looking for something different this summer?

NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) is looking for a few good scientists to fill out the Wet Lab staff during the 2017 Hake Survey! Sail with us aboard the Bell M. Shimada, an acoustically-quiet NOAA vessel, as we gather data to produce a biomass estimate for the migratory Pacific Hake population.

Do you qualify?

  • Are you a greenhorn (newbie), a salty dog (oldie), or somewhere in between?
  • Can you carry 15 pounds?
  • Ascend and descend stairs and ladders?
  • Hear a general alarm (hearing aid permitted)?

What do volunteers do?

  • Take biological data from fish (length, weight, age, tissue samples, etc)
  • Deploy, retrieve, and review video from an underwater camera
  • Other duties to fulfill the mission

How to volunteer

Pick a leg (or two, or three!) and contact Alicia Billings @ or 541.867.0507

2017 Tentative Summer Schedule

Leg 1: June 15 – July 1; Newport, OR to San Francisco, CA

Leg 2: July 5 – July 20; San Francisco, CA to Newport, OR

Leg 3: July 23 – August 7; Newport, OR to Port Angeles, WA

Leg 4: August 11 – August 26; Port Angeles, WA to TBD

Leg 5: August 29 – September 12; TBD to Seattle, WA


[paid summer internship] Fishery Biologist Undergraduate Internship 2017: International Pacific Halibut Commission (Seattle, WA)

This paid summer internship was a great opportunity for a Marine Bio minor last summer (2016) that even resulted in a trip to Alaska to collect data. Apply now!

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) seeks an enthusiastic and motivated student to work in the IPHC office located near Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. The Internship Program is designed to give students exposure to a wide variety of tasks associated with the management of an international fisheries resource. Each student is assigned a specific research project (chosen by the staff) which he/she executes. The student will work closely with a supervisor to ensure continuing progress toward work goals and with other staff members on the various tasks assigned.

Who may apply:  Undergraduate students in their fourth year of study at an accredited university or college who are majoring in fisheries, marine biology, environmental studies, fisheries oceanography, or other aquatic or biological-related science. (Please note that this position is specific to an active undergraduate student. College graduates and those in post-undergraduate educational programs will not be considered.)

Salary:  GS-5-1        $2,955/month ($U.S.)

Employment term:  May – August (approximately 12 weeks duration – start date negotiable depending on student’s school schedule).  The work term may include but is not limited to:

  • Completing a special research project chosen by the staff.
  • Field work on an IPHC research vessel and/or dockside port sampling in British Columbia, Alaska, or U.S. West Coast.
  • Work in the otolith aging lab learning aging techniques, lab protocols, and uses of the final halibut ages.
  • Reporting special project results as a paper and presentation to staff at the conclusion of the internship.
  • Assisting staff with other tasks as assigned.

Basic qualifications:

  • Student must be in (or beginning) fourth year of undergraduate study at an accredited University or College and working towards a degree in aquatic, biological, or environmental related science.
  • Student will be working with a number of biologists and support personnel throughout the work term, and must possess good communication skills and enthusiasm to perform tasks as assigned. Student must be self-motivated and work well with limited supervision.
  • Although previous experience collecting data in the field is not a requirement, student must be motivated and willing to spend the required time on a Commission chartered survey vessel in the open ocean and/or in fishing ports, and perform the normal duties of an IPHC sampler.
  •  Completion of at least one basic statistics course is strongly advised. Previous education and/or experience in fisheries species identification and sampling protocols is helpful, but not required.
  •  A cold-water survival at sea course (scheduled and paid for by the IPHC after hire) must be completed prior to deployment on a research vessel. Basic swimming skills will be needed to successfully complete the course.
  • Must be proficient with MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook software.
  • Must have photography skills. Experience in image analysis is helpful but not required.
  • Must have a valid passport at time of employment.

[Read the full position description and apply here]

Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Applications for the 2017 SURF program are being accepted until March 5, 2017.  Apply now!

What is the SURF REU program?

SURF is a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) designed to engage students in diverse and exciting Earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences research at a world-renowned institution.

In particular, the SURF program seeks to increase the diversity of students successfully prepared to pursue Earth and ocean sciences career pathways, and to recruit individuals from institutions with limited undergraduate research opportunities.

SURF is supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, Division of Ocean Sciences.

Summer Field Assistant Opportunity 2017 (BC Central Coast)

Field Assistant Opportunity – Summer 2017

Influence of Marine-Derived Nutrients on Mammals of the BC Central Coast

The Hakai Institute and the Applied Conservation Science Lab at the University of Victoria are looking for an enthusiastic field assistant to assist with mammal diversity surveys as part of Hakai’s 100 Islands Project. We are investigating patterns of biological diversity across islands of the BC Central Coast in relation to marine subsidies, particularly the use of marine subsidies by mammals on islands.

Field work (~75%) is based out of the Hakai Institute within Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv Territories. Lab work (~25%) is based out of UVIC. Field work includes long, often gruelling days of hiking and travelling to islands via zodiac or canoe where you will use non-invasive methods to survey mammals, as well as camping for up to 10 days at a time with no access to toilets, running water, etc. Lab work may include gear maintenance and preparation, inventory, data entry and analysis, sample organization, etc.

The position has an anticipated start date of May 15 and will run until August 31, with possible extension to September 15, 2017. Salary is $1800/month. All field work-related travel and food expenses paid.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Peak physical fitness level. Work will be intense days of hiking (up to 10 hours) over difficult terrain
    and heavy bushwhacking
  • Demonstrated experience in the bush under physically intense situations
  • Comfortable with remote environments, hungry bugs, lots of rain, extended wilderness camping, and team camp situations
  • Experience working with Indigenous team members
  • Wilderness First Aid (or willingness to complete by start of field season)
  • Student in year 3 or 4 of Biology/Geography/Environmental Studies or similar program/life experience
  • High academic standing (minimum B+ average) or similar performance in previous work environments

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with BC biodiversity, particularly mammals
  • Experience with use of non-invasive inventory methods for mammals
  • Boating experience (ideally SVOP; PCOC minimum)
  • Additional marine training including VHF radio certificate and MED-A3

For more information, or to apply to the position, send your CV and cover letter as one PDF file to: Katie Davidson ( and Andrew Sheriff (
Please title PDF file and email as: “100 Islands Field Assistant 2017 – LastName”


Shoals Marine Lab Summer Courses

Study marine science this summer on an Island Campus!

Undergraduate Courses

Gain hands-on field experience during 1-week and 2-week courses at the Shoals Marine Laboratory!

  • Marine Ecology
  • Field Oceanography
  • Marine Mammal Biology
  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Underwater Research
  • Animal Behavior
  • Ornithology
  • Engineering
  • Marine Invertebrates
    …and more!

Register for 4 courses in one summer and join the new
Shoals Semester Program, a full semester of credits!

Shoals Research Apprenticeship

Combine SML’s Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory
course with a 2-week Shoals Research Apprenticeship
to conduct your own independent research project. Build
your resume for future research internships.

Scholarships Available

Need-based scholarships are available for undergraduate
students who apply! SML also offers paid student jobs to
offset tuition costs.

Paid Research Internships

Apply for paid research internships at SML. Live and work
on the island for 2-10 weeks with mentoring from faculty
and scientists. Join an active community of researchers!

Shoals Marine Laboratory is operated jointly by the University of New Hampshire and Cornell University.
(603) 862-5346

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (Apply now for 2017)


The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at The University of Washington (DDCSP@UW) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 cohort!

About the Program

DDCSP@UW is a paid, multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning program that explores conservation across climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest.

A primary goal of the program is to expand what it means to be a “conservation professional”. By connecting conservation to cultural identity, biodiversity and environmental justice DDCSP@UW supports emerging scholars as they develop understandings, skills and perspectives needed to become a conservation change-maker.  What does this mean? Watch this video!

The first year experience begins in Seattle and travels through various cultural and ecological landscapes in Washington, from the Olympic Peninsula to the Salish Sea and across the Cascade Mountains into the Yakima Valley, learning about emerging and ongoing issues in conservation along the way. Read more about the first year “Classroom in the Field” here.

**Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will have all travel, food and lodging paid during their 8-week summer experience and will receive a stipend of $4,000 ($500/week).

Who can apply?

We’re looking for 20 freshmen and sophomores to join us for an 8-week conservation immersion course.  (*If you know of an upper-level undergraduate student, please read about other opportunities for them at the end of this email).

Scholars can be from any and all majors (including “undecided”). In fact, we’re specifically looking for a broad mix of students with varying interests, skills and perspectives who demonstrate a commitment to the environment, equity and inclusion and are curious, creative and enthusiastic. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have DACA status granted by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.  (For more on DACA, refer to this link).

** DDCSP@UW seeks to form and support a community of scholars who are representative of various cross-cultural backgrounds and perspectives that span across class, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, sexual orientation and physical ability.

Learn more and APPLY here!


  • Application opens: November 14, 2016
  • Application deadline: January 31, 2017
  • Notified: Early March
  • Program begins: June 19, 2017 (Travel day June 18th)
  • Program ends: August 11, 2017 (Travel August 12th)

*If you know an upper-level undergraduate student or a beginning graduate student looking for an internship, please direct them to the George Melendez Wright Young Leaders in Climate Change, a program sponsored by the UW College of the Environment and the National Park Service.

* There are a total of five DDCSP programs nationally.  See information on other sites here.

Now hiring: NOAA Science Camp Summer Educators


Join us in inspiring our next generation of ocean scientists!

NOAA Science Camp is hiring Science Camp Educators for summer 2016 camp programs offered July 11-15 and July 18-22 in Seattle,WA.

The University of Washington’s Washington Sea Grant and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have an outstanding opportunity for temporary, part time Science Camp Educators.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Washington Sea Grant (WSG) are embarking on the fourteenth season of NOAA Science Camp for middle-school youth located at the NOAA Sand Point facility on Lake Washington in Seattle. The camp offers two 1-week day camp sessions in July. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade campers are divided into five groups and rotate throughout the week to different science disciplines represented within the NOAA facility. Areas of focus include and are not limited to: (1) fisheries and marine mammals, (2) weather, (3) environmental assessment and oceanography, (4) nautical charting and, (5) NOAA research vessels, diving, and ocean exploration. The camp also offers a teen leadership program for high school students. Team building, small-group project presentations, and large-group activities with both campers and Junior Leaders are directed by Camp Educators and Camp Assistants, all of which are very important aspects of the week-long camp.

Our goal is to provide youth with an opportunity to experience NOAA science first-hand and learn how it applies to their local and global community. We hope to demonstrate that science is not just a “required” school subject, but an interesting field to explore and choose as a career. Each person attending the camp will leave with an increased environmental knowledge and awareness.

For more information about these positions and how to apply, please visit:

Deadline to apply through UW Hires is April 17th.