Summer Program, University of Hawai'i at Hilo

 

We are offering three courses at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
this summer:
MARE 310 The Atoll Ecosystem May 29-June12
MARE 394A Teaching Marine Science: Atolls June 12-June 19
MARE 394B North Pacific Seabirds June 19-June 26

Descriptions follow.
For more information about course content or logistics contact:
Dr. Karla McDermid
Marine Science Dept.
University of Hawai'i at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720

For more information about registration and enrollment, call
Corinne Tamashiro
UH Summer Session Office
808-974-7664

 

The Atoll Ecosystem (MARE 310)
Learn about atolls while on an atoll! Atolls are special
ecosystems that consist of small islets and hundreds of thousands of acres
of submerged reef and ocean. This two week course will be conducted
entirely within the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, 1800 miles
northwest of Hilo. Midway is seasonally home to over two million Laysan
and Black-footed albatrosses, 13 other species of seabirds, as well as
Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles, spinner dolphins, and countless
fish and invertebrates. While on Midway, the formation, structure,

distribution and oceanography of atolls will be studied in situ. Students
will observe first-hand the marine and terrestrial biota of Midway Atoll
while learning about the ecology of atolls. Human impacts on atoll
environments and atoll resource management issues will be discussed.
Students will learn through personal observation, lectures by UH Hilo
faculty and US Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, fieldtrips, and
primary sources from current scientific literature. This course requires
a prior college-level biology or oceanography course, or the consent of
the instructor. Dates: May 29 - June 12, 1999; Cost: Roundtrip airfare
from Honolulu to Midway $596 plus $900 for 2 weeks of meals, shared room,
bicycle use, boat transportation for snorkeling, and refuge user fee.
Tuition for 3 credits ($366 for residents of Hawai'i, $390 for
non-residents) and summer session fee ($2).

 

 

North Pacific Seabirds (MARE 394B)

This course will examine distribution, ecology, behavior and
conservation of seabirds of the North Pacific Ocean. Course activities
will be a combination of lecture/discussion and field work at Midway Atoll
National Wildlife Refuge, including behavioral and ecological observation,
census and banding techniques. Fifteen species of seabirds are found on
Midway Atoll which is the world's largest colony of Laysan Albatross, and
second largest colony of Black-footed Albatross. Students will be able
to
observe seabirds, such as albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, tropicbirds,
boobies, terns, and frigatebirds at different stages of their reproductive
cycles. Dates: June 19 - June 26, 1999; Cost: Roundtrip airfare from
Honolulu to Midway $596 plus $400 for 1 week of meals, shared room,
bicycle use, and refuge user fee. Tuition for 2 credits ($244 for
residents of Hawai'i, $260 for non-residents) and summer session fee ($2).

Teaching Marine Science: Atolls (MARE 394A)
A workshop at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge for in-service

teachers and upper- division college students considering a science
education career. Through lectures, field activities (nature walks,
snorkels, etc.), and readings, participants will learn about the geology,
oceanography, biota, ecology, and natural resource management of atolls.
In discussion groups, we'll explore the philosophy and practice of teaching
and learning marine science, using atolls as a focal point. Assignments
for this course will include: (1) keeping a detailed, daily journal of
activites, thoughts, questions, etc.; (2) reading selected articles on
marine science topics, and informal education theory and practice; (3)
preparation of discussion topics; (4) final essay. Dates: June 12 - June
19, 1999; Cost: Roundtrip airfare from Honolulu to Midway $596 plus $450
for 1 week of meals, shared room, bicycle use, boat transportation for
snorkeling, and refuge user fee. Tuition for 2 credits ($244 for residents
of Hawai'i, $260 for non-residents) and summer session fee ($2). Note: In
Fall 1999, particpants of the summer course may enroll in MARE 434
(Teaching Marine Science) to obtain additional credit for curriculum,
exhibit or graphics development and implementation in school, public and
teacher programs that highlight specific atoll ecosystem themes or topics.