Activity (2008-2012)

Western Washington University Courses

During the period 2008-2012, a total of 17 different courses were offered at SPMC for credit, contributing to the core mission of the University. Courses included Oceanography, Fisheries Biology, Marine Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries Management Laboratory, Algae, Marine Invertebrates, Estuarine Ecology, Fundamentals of Marine Science, Ichthyology, Environmental Research, Marine Biology, Marine Pollution and Toxicology, Plankton Ecology, Pelagic Ecology, Benthic Ecology, Ecology of Invasive Species, Sediment Biogeochemistry, Marine Invertebrate Larvae, a number of Current Trends in Marine Science topics and Marine Habitat Diversity.

Total annual enrollments ranged from 122-156 during the period, with credits offered ranging annually from 556-711 (total: 3105). SPMC also hosted field trips for other courses at WWU including Paleontology, Oceanography, Invertebrates, Terrestrial Ecology and courses in the Arts, which averaged 39 students per year (65 in 2012).


Field Trips for Other Educational Institutions

A consortium of local public institutions including Skagit Valley, Edmonds, and Everett Community Colleges, as well as other local academic institutions, accessed the facilities for field trips each year (serving an average of 214 students per year). Over the 5-year period, SPMC hosted field trips for a total of 1071 students from these and other community and local colleges, and public education groups. These included groups from Eastern Washington University, Samish Indian Nation, Northwest Indian College, Walla Walla College, Padilla Bay NERR Interpretive Center, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, Seattle University and the Heritage Academy (Portland). In addition, short courses, workshops and symposia offered at SPMC served approximately 907 visitors over the five year period.


Supervised independent undergraduate research sponsored by the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates, Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences: Undergraduate Participation and COSEE programs, included 19 annually in 2008-2010 and 24 in 2011 and 20 in 2012. These 101 students were recruited from Western Washington University and 72 other colleges and universities around the nation. A total of 22 Master’s theses were completed during 2008-2012 through WWU’s Marine and Estuarine Science Program. Another 7 thesis projects are currently underway.


A total of 175 SPMC-based research projects were completed or underway during 2008-2012. This includes projects carried out at Shannon Point by faculty and resident staff, students under the direction of staff, and visiting scientists. Included in this total are 95 projects involving undergraduates working as investigators (including 80 from 72 other institutions) and 37 involved graduate students. The group of visiting investigators included 29 senior scientists and graduate students.


From 2008 to 2012, 10319 formal publications were produced, involving 235 authors and co-authors. Authors included 10 resident scientists, 11 students, 5 staff and 209 visiting scientists and collaborators at other institutions.

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