Marine and Island Ecology is an upper-level undergraduate course open to students currently enrolled in an ACCA school. This course will introduce general ecological concepts pertaining to marine and island ecosystems as well as our relationship to these systems. Conservation management as it relates to island ecosystems will also be covered. The course will build on resources within Shedd Aquarium — including its collection and expert staff — along with guest speakers working in the field of marine conservation. Field research methods are introduced and applied during a nine-day field research excursion to the Florida Keys aboard Shedd's research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II.
Applications for the spring 2023 course are closed. Contact Hilary Wind for more information.
Classes will be held on six Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spring 2023 class dates at Shedd Aquarium: March 18, 25 & April 1, 15, 22, 29.
Spring 2023 field dates on Shedd’s Research Vessel in the Florida Keys: May 8-16 OR May 16-24 (students will join field session).
Due to the field component, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to participate*.*
Tuition is paid to your university at the current rate. An additional laboratory fee of $1,700 is due to Shedd Aquarium upon acceptance.
Classes are held at Shedd Aquarium on six Saturdays in March and April. Classes consist of a combination of lectures and hands-on activities at the aquarium, utilizing the collections and expertise of Shedd. Lectures cover the major communities of subtropical marine and island ecosystems and the interactions among these communities. Following the classroom component, students travel to the Florida Keys aboard the R/V Coral Reef II. The boat is our home and classroom as we travel, snorkel, and gain hands-on field research experience.
After taking this class, students will
- Learn about subtropical marine and terrestrial ecosystems and conservation through lecture and hands‐on learning.
- Incorporate system thinking and problem-solving involving subtropical marine and terrestrial habitats and issues.
- Understand and apply ecological dynamics of various tropical marine systems to past, current, and future issues.
- Apply scientific knowledge in an authentic environment.
- Comprehend and utilize the scientific literature, through graphical interpretation and summaries.
- Gain awareness for individual and societal role in marine ecosystems and gain global perspectives.