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Adventures in Marine Biology

The ocean is one of the most productive and complex environments on Earth. Covering more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, it plays a major role in regulating the Earth’s climate and supports a diversity of life that impacts industry, tourism, and human health. Understanding the natural oceanic ecosystem, as well as human impacts on the marine realm, represents a major challenge to marine scientists worldwide. Marine Science oriented faculty within the SEOE are leaders both within South Carolina and internationally in examining a variety of research questions that are vital to increasing our current understanding of the marine environment.


This course will explore the four major areas of marine science (biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography). Students will be introduced to some of the basic concepts in each of the topic areas. Activities will include lectures, discussion groups, lab exercises, and field trips. Students will also participate in instrumentation demonstrations, data collection, and data analysis.

Program Dates and Audience

  • July 14-19 ,2024
  • Rising 9-12 grade students

Program Fees

Choose from:

  • Commuting Scholar - $665
  • Commuting Scholar Plus Evening - $750
  • Residential Scholar - $1150

$25 Trip Fee

Meet Your Instructor

Jay Pickney 

Jay is a marine ecologist who studies how marine ecosystems work, especially in terms of how they process energy derived from microscopic plants (phytoplankton and microalgae). Most of my work is conducted in estuarine and coastal waters, including the Gulf of Mexico, San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, North Inlet Estuary on the South Carolina coast, and Galveston Bay, Texas.

Joe Jonas

Past Director of the USC Genomics facility, Joe Jones's research has focused on  conservation genetics, genetic connectivity, and  genetics of rare populations (especially in fish and plankton); molecular phylogenetics and ecology, microbial ecology, natural history, and technology development.  As the Faculty Principal of Green Quad, his most recent work connects this expertise to undergraduate and graduate hands-on learning experiences in aquaponics and heritage landrace propogation.

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