Marine Biology in Monterey
Professors Suzanne Gollery and Chuck Levitan led the Science Department spring trip to Monterey Bay on April 12-14. The trip is part of the lab for the animal diversity, anatomy, and physiology units of Biology II. It is also open to any other interested science students, who come for the aquarium and the coast. The group camps at the Veteran’s Memorial Park campground, in the center of the city of Monterey.
Students spent the day on Saturday at the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium. The aquarium’s habitat tanks let visitors see how marine plants and animals interact in environments very close to their native surroundings. There aren’t many opportunities to come face-to-face with leopard sharks swimming through a giant kelp forest without scuba gear! On Saturday night, everyone headed down to the beach to make a bonfire, cook dinner, and watch the sunset.
– Biology Professor Suzanne Gollery
This year, the Sunday expedition was to Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz. The state park has great tidepools, a sheltered sandy cove, and the remaining natural bridge. (The second bridge, that used to connect to the shore, washed away in a big storm a couple of decades ago.) Senior Biology and Environmental Science major Eva Jazbec led the activities at Natural Bridges.
The SNC Science Department organizes a camping trip almost every semester. The trips introduce the students to interesting new environments, and build community among the science students and faculty. That way, our students are committed to each other, and more comfortable with their faculty.
This year, Marty Gollery put together a video. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE >