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Marine Ecology Lecture Series

 

There will be five lectures this semester. They are open to everyone, but encouraged for anyone interested in Marine Ecology or Marine Biology.

All the lectures will be at 6:30pm on a Thursday evening in the Washburn Media Center. The dates are:

  • January 19 - James Thorson, speaking about his experiences doing research with dolphins.
  • February 23
  • March 16
  • April 20
  • March 18

Hope to see you there!

 

See pictures from last years' dive trip here!

 

The MPS Scuba Club works with the Scuba Center in Minneapolis and students will learn how to scuba dive in the Spring. The year ends with a summer scuba diving trip where the new divers finish their certification and earn a Lifetime PADI Open Water Diver certificiation.

This year the dive trip is right after the school year ends, June 17-24, and we will be diving off a liveaboard sailboat for a week in The Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Any student, new to diving or already certified, is welcome!

As part of the club, we will have guest speakers coming in to talk about various Marine ecology topics - shark physiology, global warming and how it is affecting the oceans, fish identification, the Caribbean Lionfish invasion, etc.

You can earn a elective Biology credit for participating in the club over the course of the year, going on the summer dive trip and doing a presentation on a Marine Ecology topic of your choice. While this credit doesn't replace your standard science classs, if does enhance your high school transcript.

We had our first student meeting on 9/28, but will have a larger meeting in early November involving parents. This meeting will give details of the summer trip, a discussion of funding raising and of how to pay for the trip, and introduce the schedule for the guest speakers.

If this is of interest to you, contact Mark Jensen at Washburn in Room 337, or email him at mark.jensen@mpls.k12.mn.us. You will be put on the club's email list and you will keep up to date with the happenings of the club.

We also work with the Scuba Clubs at South and Southwest and all three schools will send schools on the summer dive trip.