Course Schedule: 2021

Logan Science Journalism Program at the MBL

Environmental Hands-On Research Course


Wednesday, May 26:  Arrivals and Dinner

Fellows arrive. MBL’s Diana Kenney will meet fellows who arrive in time for dinner in the Swope Center Dining Room at 6:00 PM.

Thursday, May 27: Orientation

8:10-8:30 AM: Covid testing (in MBL Quad)
8:30 AM: Breakfast – Swope Dining Hall, 2nd floor
9:30 AM: Welcome and Orientation – Meigs Room, Swope Center, 2nd floor

Great Sippewissett Salt Marsh on Cape Cod. Credit: Daniel Buckey

Great Sippewissett Salt Marsh on Cape Cod.
Credit: Daniel Buckey

  • Orientation – MBL Education
  • Introduction of fellows, course faculty, and staff
  • Intro to MBL and Fellowship requirements
  • Walking tour of MBL campus

11:00 AM: Rare Books Tour (Lillie Building, Grass Reading Room)
12:15 PM: Lunch (Swope Dining Hall)
1:15 PM: To classroom: Course goals and lab intro (Starr 209)
3:00 PM: Coffee break  (Swope Lower Terrace)
6:00 PM: Dinner


Friday, May 28

8:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Field work at Waquoit Bay
12:00 PM: Lunch in field
3:00 PM: Tour of Marine Resources Center (Meet Diana outside of MRC)
4:30 PM: Free time
5:30 PM: Reception and Dinner with Biomedical Fellows (Swope Lower Terrace)
7:30 PM: Data after Dark (lab work)


Saturday, May 29

8:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Field work at Waquoit Bay
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:30 PM: Lab – Prep samples for stable isotope analysis
3:00 PM: Break (can go to village for coffee)
3:30 PM: Back to lab
6:00 PM: Dinner
7:00 PM: Data after Dark (lab work)


Sunday, May 30

Photo credit: Michael Werner

Credit: Michael Werner

9:00 AM: Dining hall not yet open but coffee available in Woods Hole village
10:00 AM: Leave for whale-watch excursion (optional), or fellows can take day off.
5:00 PM: Arrive back MBL
6:00 PM: Dinner at Landfall in Woods Hole village (optional)


Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day)

8:10-8:30 AM: Covid testing (MBL Quad)
8:30 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Nutrient analysis of water and ground water, weight samples
12:15 PM: Lunch
1:15 PM: Continued nutrient analysis and sample prep
3:00 PM: Coffee break  (Swope Lower Terrace)
6:00 PM: Dinner


Tuesday, June 1

8:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Algal experiments, photosynthesis and respiration
12:15 PM: Lunch
1:15 PM: Lab: Calculations and data interpretation
3:00 PM: Coffee break (Swope Lower Terrace)
3:30 PM: “Human Nature” movie screening in Clapp Auditorium (Lillie Building)
6:00 PM: Dinner
7:00 PM: Discussion of “Human Nature” in Loeb 306


Wednesday, June 2


2018 Environmental Fellows sort samples collected during field work. Credit: Drew Costley

8:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Lab: Calculations and data interpretation
12:15 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: Panel discussion (Microbiomes Across Environments) – Clapp Auditorium
3:00 PM: Coffee Break (Swope Lower Terrace)
3:30 PM: Lab: prepare presentation for mini-symposium
6:00 PM: Dinner


Thursday; June 3

8:10-8:30 AM: Covid testing (MBL Quad)
8:30 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Lab: Prepare for mini-symposium
10:45  AM: Gemma trip. Be on MRC dock no later than 10:45 AM. All participants must sign a boat waiver.
12:15 PM: Lunch
1:15 PM: Return to lab or free time
3:00 PM: Prepare for mini-symposium
6:00 PM: Dinner


Friday, June 4

8:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: SJP fellows mini-symposium (Clapp Auditorium)
11:15 AM: Class photo on Lillie steps
12:15 PM: Lunch
1:15 PM: Woods Hole explorations (visit labs, vessels, etc.) – schedule to come
4:15 PM: Free time
6:00 PM: Cocktail hour and lobster dinner with fellows and faculty (Swope Lower Terrace)


Saturday, June 5

10:00 AM: Check out of Swope and depart – Safe travels!