Three Seas 33
Three Seas is Northeastern University's Marine Biology program spanning Nahant, MA; Friday Harbor, WA; and Bocas Del Toro, Panama. Students take intensive, graduate level marine biology courses that explore three diverse ecosystems. I completed the Three Seas program in 2016, this is my document of my experience.
New England intertidal Ecology
We began our time in Nahant, Massachusetts at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center. We studied blue mussels, oceanography, invertebrates, science diving, and the intricacies of designing experiments. Late April found us in Quoddy Head, Maine for a week long research trip.
Marine Mammals and conservation
Three Seas continued in Friday Harbor in September, where we studied marine mammals and birds, molecular ecology, and conservation biology. Our stay was punctuated by dives, field trips counting birds and marine mammals, and several whale watches in and around the San Juan Islands, Washington.
Coral Reefs and Tropical rainforests
Panama was the final leg of our program, covering coral reef ecology, coral biology, fish biology, tropical terrestrial ecology, and ocean and coastal processes. Topics of study included the impacts of tourism on the local reefs, coral bleaching, and water column dynamics. Though we spent most of our time in Bocas del Toro, we crossed the country by bus and spent a week in Coiba National Park.