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Spring 2012
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Shoals Sponsors New Marine Biology Concentration

Credit: Ron Sher

Brian O’Toole ‘13 and Kimberly Ochal learn about shellfish from marine biologist Chris Siddon at Shoals Marine Lab site Appledore Island.

Seafaring students can now earn credits toward their degree at Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island, six miles off the New Hampshire Coast.

The new marine biology concentration will help prepare students for careers in aquariums, resources management, or environmental or maritime law through coursework in marine ecology, biogeochemistry, anatomy, and physiology.

“Shoals is a nurturing ground for marine biology on campus,” said Ian Hewson, M.S. ’88, Ph.D. ’90, an assistant professor of microbiology and director for undergraduate studies for the marine biology concentration. “Although Shoals courses are not required for the major, it offers several classes, including Marine Evolution and Diversity, which count as biology core requirements.”