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Registration opens for FAU 'Semester by the Sea' Program
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Posted: 2013 Oct 18 - 06:50

FORT PIERCE -- Registration for Florida Atlantic University's annual "Semester by the Sea" program for undergraduate students studying marine biology will take place beginning Friday, Nov. 15 through Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

The program is scheduled to run Monday, Jan. 6 through Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Early registration is strongly recommended. Students from any college or university are welcome to apply.

The SBTS program, based at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, provides an unforgettable learning environment that couples small class sizes, hands-on lab instruction and intensive field studies in subtropical marine ecosystems. Study topics include:

Subtropical biodiversity and ecology of seagrasses, reefs, and mangroves

Techniques and applications of molecular biology in marine systems

Techniques integral to aquaculture of important species

Fundamentals of physical and chemical oceanography

The recommended program of study consists of three core courses and one elective course. The "Ocean Discovery" course is also available and involves going to sea for several days for intensive studies.

"SBTS students have the opportunity to attain research skills and knowledge that provide a strong foundation for a career in marine biology and for excelling in graduate programs," said Ed Proffitt, Ph.D., FAU associate professor and SBTS program coordinator. "Our students learn from and study with the best."

FAU Harbor Branch faculty are leaders in their respective fields, which include marine mammals, oysters, aquaculture, coral, seagrass, mangroves, macroalgae, and marine natural products drug discovery. The FAU Harbor Branch research site is located on the shores of the Indian River Lagoon, one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America. During SBTS, students have the option of living on the FAU Harbor Branch research site or staying off-campus in nearby Vero Beach or Fort Pierce.

To begin the SBTS registration process, contact Ed Proffitt, Ph.D., at cproffit@fau.edu.

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