Marine Ecology Research Program
Santa Catalina sits just two miles from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of the largest in the nation. Because of our location, we have developed a signature program that exposes our students to the wonders of the Monterey Bay and allows them to take full advantage of its great educational value.
I’ve always had a passion for marine science. The research part is definitely what made me interested. It’s nice to have it outside, with all of the opportunities and field trips; actually using the bay, since we’re right here.
~Katie, Senior Day Student
The second component is the three-year Marine Ecology Research Program. Coordinated by Dr. Christian Reilly, this program provides a more intensive focus on marine science for a select group of students, beginning in their sophomore year. With an emphasis on experiential learning, students will be in and around the ocean, doing research, learning by observation, testing hypotheses, and experimenting in the very environment they are studying. This group of highly motivated and talented students will engage in a program devoted to authentic scientific research in the local marine environment.
In the sophomore year, the fundamentals of research methods and literacy are taught in the Marine Ecology Research class. In this course, students learn the basics of data collection in marine environments and the fundamentals of scientific practice, including reading and writing about technical subjects, experimental design, and statistical analysis.
During senior year, the students enroll in Marine Ecology Research Honors. In this class, scientific communication and research project presentations are the primary objectives. As a capstone project, students present the results of their individual research project in a public forum. At the conclusion of this three-year program, students receive a certificate of completion.
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Stanford University
M.A., Biology, Boston University
B.S., The Evergreen State College
Ph.D., Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., Marine Science, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
B.A., Geology, Williams College