Shedd Aquarium

ACCA and the Shedd Aquarium will again sponsor a Freshwater Ecology course in Fall 2023 and a Marine and Island Ecology course in Spring 2024.

Details for Spring 2024 Marine Ecology Course

  • Course meets six Saturdays at Shedd Aquarium (March 16, March 23, April 6, April 13, April 20, and April 27)
  • Florida field experience aboard the Coral Reef II is either May 6-14 OR May 14-22.
  • Applications are due November 13, 2023
  • Course instructors: Dr. Shayle Matsuda and Dr. Andy Kough

Freshwater Ecology

Course Description

This class introduces students to freshwater ecology and human-environment interactions with a special focus on the Great Lakes and local waterways. In this class, students will investigate and research the roles that water, animals, plants, and humans play in freshwater ecosystems and explore conservation actions from a local to global scale. 4 credit hours.

Registration Fees

Tuition is paid to your university at the current rate. An additional laboratory fee of $150 covers all course materials, including all field trips.

Additional Information

https://www.sheddaquarium.org/programs-and-events/freshwater-ecology

Application Details & Deadline

Capacity is limited. Applications are due by May of the previous academic year.


Marine Ecology

Course Description

This course will introduce general ecological concepts pertaining to marine and island ecosystems as well as our relationship to these systems. Conservation management as it relates to island ecosystems will also be covered. The course will build on resources within Shedd Aquarium — including its collection and expert staff — along with guest speakers working in the field of marine conservation. Field research methods are introduced and applied during a nine-day field research excursion to the Florida Keys aboard Shedd’s research vessel, the R/V Coral Reef II.

Registration Fees

Tuition is paid to your university at the current rate. An additional laboratory fee of $1,700 is due to Shedd Aquarium upon acceptance.

Additional Information

https://www.sheddaquarium.org/programs-and-events/marine-and-island-ecology

Application Details & Deadlines

Capacity is limited. Applications are due by November of each academic year.