Research in Biology

Course Dates

July 14, 2021 to July 28, 2021


Students enrolling in Research in Biology must complete Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory (BIOSM 1500/MEFB 403) in the same summer season.

Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory is two weeks long (July 13-27, 2020), and Research in Biology takes place immediately following (July 27, August 10 2020).

Course Description

Photo of students in the field at the water's edge

This two-week course is only open to students in the Shoals Research Apprenticeship. Research in Biology will enable students to explore topics of interest, prepare for advanced work in their field, and develop a close academic and professional relationship with marine sciences. Taken right after Investigative Marine Biology Laboratory (IMBL), this course allows students with little to no previous research experience to work with a mentor to carry out their very own independent research project.  Students' research proposals will be developed in IMBL, while the field work, data analysis, interpretation, and final presentation will carried out in this Research in Biology course. Students will receive daily lectures and guidance on the scientific research process. Apprentices will participate in the SML Research Symposium at the end of the course. 

Learning outcomes for Research in Biology include:

  • Design, propose and execute a robust research project;
  • Understand common statistical tests, when it is appropriate to apply certain tests, and how to interpret results of statistical tests;
  • Effective communication for scientific presentations to general, specialized, and specific audiences through both oral and visual presentations.

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Andrew Swafford:

PhD Candidate, Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology, U of California, Santa Barbara
Winner of the 2015-16 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Photo of Research in Biology Faculty member Andrew Swafford



Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 4990 (3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 751 (4 Credits)