After School Program

Marine Biology - Exploratory Course

January 13, 2017 - February 17, 2017

Coral cover across the reefs ringing Borokua Island is exceptionally dense, a reflection of the remote setting and coral ecologies that appear relatively resilient to oceanographic shifts in temperature and ocean chemistry that are killing corals around the world.  Whether this is the result of species richness and composition of the reefs, geography, evolutionary history, or some combination of factors is unknown.  Maintaining these areas for study, for the food and other resources they provide, and for wonder is a global priority. © AMNH

Coral cover across the reefs ringing Borokua Island is exceptionally dense, a reflection of the remote setting and coral ecologies that appear relatively resilient to oceanographic shifts in temperature and ocean chemistry that are killing corals around the world.  Whether this is the result of species richness and composition of the reefs, geography, evolutionary history, or some combination of factors is unknown.  Maintaining these areas for study, for the food and other resources they provide, and for wonder is a global priority.

© AMNH


In this course, students will learn about marine invertebrates and biodiversity through the field research and scientific expertise of scientists working at the Museum. The course will cover marine ecosystems as well the major groups of marine life and their evolutionary relationships. Class activities will include dissections, observing marine specimens through microscopy, exploring marine life displays in Museum halls, cladistics and the study of evolution, as well as meeting with scientists. In addition, this course will allow students to develop their English proficiency. This will be achieved by having class discussions, group work, class presentations and vocabulary lessons. All the lectures and activities will be lead by bilingual instructors and scientists.

Meeting Times: Fridays 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17