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Intro Video by Tom Porter

Underwater Dive!

 

ISLAND
ECOLOGY

Summer 2018

Date TBA

USC Marine Science Center
Catalina Island, CA

Instructor: Derrick R. Lavoie, Ph.D
Phone: 805 709-0579
E-mail: islandecology@institutefordiscovery.org

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Previous courses - Island Ecology 2010 - Island Ecology 2011, and Island Biology 2012 video were outstanding!

Description:

This five-day field-oriented educational adventure is conducted at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on beautiful Catalina Island.   Content will cover natural history of Catalina’s fascinating terrestrial and marine life, island history, human impacts, and the preservation and conservation of island ecosystems.  Hands-on activities will involve algae lab, nature hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, and a scientific investigation project. Connections will be made to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Textbook: Natural History of the Islands of California - by Allan A. Schoenherr, C. Robert    Feldmeth, and Michael J. Emerson. 2000. University of California Press, $6.50 used, 492 pages, ISBN #: 0-52-021197-9.

Note:   You should be in good physical condition to attend this trip and know how to swim.

Travel Schedule:

Departure: Monday, from SCMI (Southern California Marine Institute)

Return: Friday, from USC Wrigley Marine Science Center

Registration:

If you plan to attend this trip you must register by sending the following information to islandecology@institutefordiscovery.org. Registration should be completed prior to paying your deposit.

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Address
  • Why are you taking this trip?
  • Any special needs or considerations?

NOTE: Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Fees:

Estimated cost is $550 to $595/person (depending on attendance) which will cover organizational costs, educational packet, USC  facility use, laboratory use, kayaks, wet suits, and snorkeling equipment, handbook, three meals/day, nice townhouses with private baths (see pic below of Boone Center), travel to and from Island, and mainland parking. You are welcome to use your own dive gear, but SCUBA is not allowed unless you are conducting an authorized USC marine research project
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Participants must supply your own clothing, beach towels, packs, and other necessary personal gear (sun screen, binoculars, caneras, clipboards, etc.).

Deposit/Balance - After registering, you will need to secure your attendance with a $200 deposit (this is a non-refundable deposit, but will be returned in full if the trip is cancelled. The payment balance will be due by July 22. 3rd, 2016. You may send payment in the form of check, money order, or cashier check made out to the Discovery Institute, 1342 Wilson Ct., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420. You may also submit your payments using the following link to PAYPAL (accepts debit, credit or paypal account).

Instructor Background:

Dr. Lavoie has taught biology for the last 35 years in a variety of school settings. He has a special interest in marine biology and ecology and spent four years living on Catalina Island where he taught environmental science. Dr. Lavoie currently teaches biology at Cuesta College, Hartnell College, and is Director of the Discovery Institute for the Advancement of Science and Technology Education, a non-profit foundation devoted to the improvement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and biking with his family

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Contact:

Please direct any questions to Dr. Lavoie via:
Email : islandbiology@institutefordiscovery.org  
Phone:  (805) 709-0579

TENTATIVE ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

Day
Activity

Monday

 

 

8:00 am - depart SCMI
9:30 am - Check in to housing
9:45 am - Housing orientation
10:00 am - Water Front Orientation (Pier, Waterfront Staff)
10:30 am - Kayaking
12:00 - 12:30 pm - Lunch (Dining Hall)
1:00 pm - 4 pm- Snorkeling orientation
4:00 pm - 5pm Conducting Scientific Investigations
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - Presentation - Catalina History and Ecology

Tuesday

 

7:30-8:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 am 11:30 am - Snorkeling - Invertebrate Observations - Collect Algae
12:00-12:30 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm 4 pm -Nature hike (Deer Valley Trail)
4:00 pm - 6: 00 pm Research Projects
6:00-6:30 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - Research sharing and discussion (summary approval)

Wednesday

 

7:30-8:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 am 11:30 am- Lecture and LAB - Algae
12:00-12:30 pm - Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 pm -Snorkeling - Vertebrate Observations - Data Collection
4:00 - 5:00 pm - Research Projects
6:00-6:30 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - NGSS connections

Thurday

 

7:30-8:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 am 11:30 am - LAB - Plankton
12:00-12:30 pm - Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 pm -Snorkeling - Research Observations - Data Collection
6:00-6:30 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - Research Projects (prepare powerpoint presentations)

Friday

 

7:30-8:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 - 11:30 am - Research Presentations
11:30 am -Check out of rooms
12:00-12:30 pm - Lunch
12:30 pm Departure (arrive back at SCMI about 2:00 pm)


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Discovery Institute for the Advancement of Science and Technology Education
1342 Wilson Ct.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 709-0579

PH: (805) 709-0579 FAX: 805 221-5254
EMAIL: info@institutefordiscovery.org

 

 

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