Marine Biology - Course Description
Friday, August 22, 2014
This class begins with a brief overview of marine invertebrates in preparation for a week on Hermit Island in Maine, where the students meet the flora and fauna of the North Atlantic coast. They navigate seaweed covered rocks in the process of exploring life-filled tide-pools; they wade through thick mud in search of soft-shelled clams; they paint land and seascapes; they learn about dune ecology and the genesis of beach forms; and they investigate the tiny details of several ocean dwellers with the help of microscopes. Back at school, the class discusses and compares fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and several characteristic groups of the mammals. The class ends with a consideration of the unique nature of the human being.