Natural History of the Maine Coast (Honors/Required)
Taught by Becca Abuza and James Kary
This course examines the evolution and diversity of life along the Maine coast. Rather than rely exclusively on lectures, textbooks, and labs, we also open the door and go exploring outdoors.
Each week we spend approximately four hours in the field, complementing our classroom work with visits to rocky intertidal zones, sandy shores, salt marshes, freshwater marshes, ponds, streams, bogs, and forests. Studying community and systems ecology at each site, we gain a thorough understanding of the natural history of Maine’s coastline. We also develop an appreciation for the beauty, complexity, and interconnectedness of the world we often take for granted–the one at our fingertips.