Autumn Quarter: Sept. 25 to Dec. 6, 2013 (10.5 weeks)
This research apprenticeship explores the habitats and organisms of the pelagic (open water) ecosystem of the San Juan Archipelago, where Friday Harbor Laboratories is located. In this complex and fascinating ecosystem, waters from oceanic realms and major river systems are mixed by a powerful tidal regime to create habitats for a diverse community of prey and predator species. Our goal is to understand how the various oceanographic processes shape these habitats and biological communities. Research apprentices investigate the patterns, interactions, and links among the many and varied components of this complex system.
The Pelagic Ecosystem Function (PEF) course solidified my enthusiasm for working in the marine environment making possible my current position as a marine naturalist in the Cayman Islands. it was a wonderfully experience and I will recommended to my friends in Europe who are studying Marine Biology.
Lune Vermeire, Pelagic Ecosystems Function 2010