Ocean 492 at Friday Harbor (Spring 2013)

This quarter (Spring 2013), Andrea, Chuck, and Emily are back at Friday Harbor Labs teaching an intensive, 15-credit research apprenticeship course for undergraduates entitled Marine Sedimentary Processes. The class explores marine sediment dispersal and deposition in the context of the Elwha River Restoration, but covers a wide range of geology and oceanography topics. During the class, students design and execute individual research projects while working as a team to gather, process, and analyze data from the submarine Elwha Delta and nearby shores. Everyone from the Sediment Dynamics Group will visit the class during the quarter to present lectures, provide project assistance, and lead field trips to San Juan Island and the Elwha watershed. Stay tuned!

WEEK 1 saw the class of to a busy start, with orientations, lectures, lab instruction, and a field trip to Lime Kiln State Park & False Bay. Next week: field work!

Back row, left to right: Riane, Brianna, Tianna, Trevor, and Campbell
Front row, left to right: Kevin, Emily, Ben, and Andrea (photo by Kathy Cowell of FHL)

The class investigates different substrates in False Bay

digging holes (of course)

Andrea talks about the tectonics that formed the local geology at Lime Kiln State Park

The class explores lime deposits that were once mined from the island