Off-campus excursions and field trips relevant to ocean science and policy are an important component of the Changing Oceans curriculum. They help students understand commercial, political, and career connections to ocean science.
Excursions range from exploring the tides in Cobscook Bay and discussing efforts to harness them for electricity generation, to visiting reversing falls in the Bay of Fundy, to investigating local island ecosystems on an overnight kayaking trip. Students and mentors also visit local fisheries and the Department of Marine Research, as well as commercial fishing and processing operations in Portland.
Over the semester, students become part of the Bigelow community. They attend seminars by invited scientists, and they interact with other marine science laboratories and scientists in Maine. These opportunities provide networking, special training, and exposure to career options within the diverse field of oceanography.