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Undergraduates learn ocean ecology in weeklong class aboard R/V Endeavor

Six University of Rhode Island undergraduate students got their first experience studying ocean ecology this month in a course that took them to the edge of the continental shelf aboard the URI research ship Endeavor. It was the first undergraduate class of its kind at URI, providing students with opportunities to study creatures living in the open ocean and learning to use oceanographic research equipment.

Taught by Brad Seibel, associate professor of biological sciences, the group spent a week of long days in a classroom and laboratory preparing for the trip – learning about the creatures they might see, discussing research papers, and learning how to collect data. They then boarded Endeavor and traveled 110 miles south-southeast to where the water was…

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