Ocean 492 class, spring quarter

Ocean 492 class, Spring 2014; field trip to former Lake Mills, Elwha River

Ocean 492 class, Spring 2014; field trip to former Lake Mills, Elwha River

It was a busy spring quarter for the lab. Andrea, Rip, and Ian Miller from WA Sea Grant led the Ocean 492 Marine Sedimentary Processes Apprenticeship at Friday Harbor Labs (FHL). This was Andrea’s fourth time teaching the class, which offers undergraduate students from UW and beyond an experiential learning opportunity focused on the Elwha River restoration. This year, 9 students – Hannah Besso, Isabelle Cisco, Julia Dolan, Atinna Gunawan, Carol Holman, Mollie Holmberg, Kelly Lawrence, Morgan Mackaay, and Sarra Tekola – conducted individual research projects focused on sediments, habitats, and chemical constituents. Students collected data on two cruises (from UW’s R/V Barnes and FHL’s R/V Centennial) and toured the watershed – including the dramatic landscape of now-drained Lake Mills – followed by tireless hours spent processing samples, analyzing results, and writing individual research papers. This course encourages students to undertake scientific investigation both as individuals and as a group, while educating the next generation of scientists about impacts from the nation’s largest-ever dam removal project and second-largest ecosystem restoration project.