Human Impact on Coastal Ecosystems Lab/Cruise
Grades 9-college

Science Field Trip 4 hours

This is an advanced program designed for high school and college students to investigate impacts on our local marine ecosystems. The lab includes ocean chemistry, invasive species of Dana Point harbor, and a fish necropsy. Students will use scientific tools including water quality probes, iPads, quadrats and microscopes to determine the magnitude of ecological disturbance. Aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, participants use oceanographic equipment to take biological samples to study the effect of human impact on benthic or bottom dwelling organisms, chlorophyll productivity, and toxic plankton blooms. Lab and cruise may also be booked separately.