Each summer, BIOS offers a suite of courses for both graduate and undergraduate students that capitalizes upon the expertise of our faculty and visiting scientists. These courses, listed below, provide many students the opportunity to study topics in ocean science that might not be offered within the curricula of their home institutions. Each course comprises lectures, laboratory exercises, and complementary field components that build upon what is learned in the classroom. 2014 Summer Course flyer coming soon!
Microbial Oceanography: The Biogeochemistry, Ecology and Genomics of Oceanic Microbial Ecosystems
Application deadline for the 2014 course is April 15, 2014. All complete applications received by this date will be judged in the first round of admissions and scholarship decisions. Later applications will be considered on a space-available basis.
2014 dates: TBA
Open to all undergraduate and graduate students. SCUBA certification is not required.
Instructors: Dr. Craig Carlson, University of California, Santa Barbara; Dr. Stephen Giovannoni, Oregon State University; Dr. John Heidelberg, University of Southern California; Dr. Craig E. Nelson, University of California, Santa Barbara
The course is offered with two major components: Microbial Molecular Ecology and Microbial Genetics. The Marine Microbial Molecular Ecology course will cover traditional microbiological topics such as physiology, microbial diversity and growth within the context of biogeochemical processes. Lectures will focus on how biological processes and the ecological structure within the water column control the cycling of important elements in the ocean such as carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. A series of field trips and laboratory experiments will be conducted to investigate microbial processes in the open ocean and in the coral reef dominated waters of Bermuda. The Marine Microbial Genomics course will introduce the types of data that can be obtained from modern genomic methods (e.g., survey sequencing and "meta-" or community genomics of entire ecosystems) and the computational tools useful in the analysis of sequence data. A detailed list of lectures/laboratories associated with these courses can be downloaded here. Course fee in 2013: $4800 (tuition, room and board). There will be a nominal increase in 2014.
Nicholas Huynh, a 2013 course attendee said, “this intensive course taught by some of the brightest minds in microbial oceanography has been greatly beneficial to my pursuit of a career in this field and has been influential in the way that I think. It has been an extraordinary opportunity to work alongside an international group of like-minded individuals. I am leaving Bermuda with a stronger sense of how to approach and conduct microbial biogeochemical research as a team member.”
Coral Reef Ecology
2014 dates TBA
Open to all students. SCUBA certification is strongly recommended.
Instructors: Dr. Eric Hochberg (co-instructor TBA), BIOS
The Coral Reef Ecology (CRE) course exposes students to the reef ecosystem at all organizational levels from physiological and ecological through population biology and community structure to ecosystem dynamics, ending with consideration of human impacts. CRE is an intensive, integrated program comprising lectures, required reading, laboratory exercises and field surveys. A full course description can be found here. Course fee in 2013: $4800 (tuition, room and board). There will be a nominal increase in 2014.
Emilia Allison Wakamatsu, a 2013 CRE student commented that, “BIOS balanced lectures, field work, and lab work so that we were able to learn the theory and see it in practice all in a day. The instructors were highly qualified and provided us with in depth and unique material that I had not been previously exposed to. I learned a ton about coral evolution and ecology, and the ecology of the entire coral reef community- and I can't imagine a more beautiful place to learn it all.”
2014 dates TBA
Special note: This course is open to current Princeton University students only
Instructors: Dr. James Gould, Princeton University; Dr. Samantha de Putron, BIOS
A field course for Princeton undergraduate students. This intensive four-week course in June will cover all aspects of marine biology, with a special focus on coral reefs. The course will include significantly more lecture and lab time than Princeton on-campus courses. Generally, there will be two lectures (totaling about 2.5 hours) daily, weekly precepts, and a 3-6 hour lab nearly every teaching day, Monday-Saturday. Many labs will require snorkeling, others will involve field trips, and the rest will focus on in-lab experiments and measurements. For complete course description and details, please visit the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology's Marine Biology Summer website.
Students have commented that they “loved the field work and the opportunity to see the whole island. It was extremely interesting to work alongside other researchers and amazing faculty.” One student said, “I learned more in a four-week course than I do in most semester-long classes.”
Application Instructions & Financial Aid Information
The 2014 Summer Course Application Form, along with complete instructions, can be found here. Please fill out the form online, save it, and send it along with all supporting documents listed on the application to email@example.com by April 15, 2014 in order to receive full consideration. Applications received after this date will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Limited partial scholarships are available for summer course tuition; we do not award scholarships toward travel. To apply for a scholarship please fill out the appropriate section at the end of the application form and submit a statement of need along with the core application documents. For information about scholarships to attend summer courses at BIOS, please visit the Undergraduate Scholarships page.
Please read the Course Payment Schedule & Refund Policy, as well as the Note About Course Dates & Academic Credit before making your travel plans. Travel to Bermuda may require a entry visa depending upon your country of origin; please review Immigration Information for Students to see Bermuda Department of Immigration requirements.