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Page 70 of 115 SECTION E • Educational Institutions • BG 2018 71 Degrees offered: M.S., Ph.D. in physical oceanography and an M.S. in meteorology and physical oceanography. Occidental College Los Angeles, Calif. Occidental College is a small, four-year liberal arts college located in a residential community 20 miles north of down- town Los Angeles. Students majoring in biology may focus on marine biology, and a master's program is available to a select number of qualified students. Advanced courses are offered in invertebrate morphology and physiology, biology of marine fish, biological oceanography and marine ecol- ogy. In addition, students become involved in collaborative research programs with faculty in the department. The two main faculty members in the marine program are Dr. Gary Martin and Dr. Daniel Pondella. Martin uses light and elec- tron microscopy to study invertebrate (primarily crustacean and molluscan) immunology with the goal of assessing the health of invertebrate species in aquaculture. Pondella stud- ies the ecology and phylogeny of nearshore fish populations along the mainland of southern California, as well as the Channel Islands. His research utilizes several small research vessels and scuba gear. Work on larger oceanographic ves- sels (up to 85 feet) is available in both teaching and research settings through involvement with the Southern California Marine Institute located in San Pedro. These opportunities allow students to gain a solid introduction to coursework in marine biology, as well as extracurricular experiences in the intertidal zone, scuba diving in kelp forests or using oceano- graphic vessels to study deeper waters off the mainland coast. A five-week course is also available each summer for rising seniors in high school. They receive a strong introduction to marine biology, four units of college credit, a taste of college life and a summer in Los Angeles. Contact: Dr. Gary Martin, Department of Biology, Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314; 323-259-2890; gmartin@; Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, Calif. The Marine Science Department at Orange Coast College (OCC) offers classes in introductory marine science, coastal oceanography, marine biology, marine mammology and opportunities for participation in one of the department's research projects. The college offers a class in marine aquari- ums to train people in this area for work in public aquariums and for aquarium maintenance companies. A major proj- ect—the Coastal Dolphin Survey Project (CDSP)—was orga- nized and initiated at OCC in 1978. CDSP's goals and objec- tives include research, education and conservation focused on population dynamics, biology, ecology and conservation of the Pacific coastal bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). The department has its own wet marine laboratory and main- tains a 3,800-gallon recirculating cooled seawater system. Students can earn an A.A. degree in biology, chemistry, physics or math while emphasizing marine studies in their first two years in college; they then may transfer to a bacca- laureate program in marine biology at one of several nearby private or state universities. While at OCC, marine science majors testing their sea legs will work trawling the ocean bed, taking bottom samples with oceanic probes, collecting water samples for analysis, interpreting oceanic weather informa- tion and learning the fundamentals of marine navigation. All majors in marine science are required to complete Marine Science 100, an introductory-level class. Contact: Prof. Den- nis Kelly, Department Chair, Marine Science Department, Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Rd., P.O. Box 5005, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-5005; 714-432-5647; dkelly@occ. Degrees offered: A.A. in biology. Pomona College Claremont, Calif. Pomona College is a four-year liberal arts college offering B.A. degrees in a number of fields. In the sciences, basic background and knowledge are emphasized, rather than specialization in particular narrow fields. About four to six students each year graduate with a B.A. degree in fields re- lated to marine science and go on to graduate study. In ad- dition to standard majors in biology, chemistry, geology and physics, special majors in marine biology and environmental science have been arranged for individual students. Relevant upper-division courses include oceanography, marine geol- ogy, animal physiology, invertebrate biology, population and community ecology, and aquatic (marine and freshwater) biology. Facilities include well-equipped laboratories for ex- perimental biology and a 500-gallon recirculating seawater aquarium system. Fieldwork is conducted at an on-campus experimental lake, nearby rocky and sandy seashores and several estuaries supported by an array of small boats, field vehicles and field sampling gear. The college has ready ac- cess to an 85-foot oceanographic research vessel. Contact: Dr. Larry C. Oglesby, Biology Department, 609 N. College Ave., Pomona College, Claremont, CA 91711. San Diego State University San Diego, Calif. The San Diego State University (SDSU) Coastal and Marine Institute coordinates the Marine Studies Program and pro- vides special supporting services to those involved. Participat- ing science departments have modern classroom, laboratory electronics, cartography and geographic information systems in environmental applications, aquatic husbandry (aquarium technology and aqua/mariculture), mapmaking and field studies in the Earth and marine sciences, computer use in the life sciences, introduction to physics, elementary statistics, fundamental chemistry and introduction to submersible tech- nology. Additional courses will be added as new information from industry shapes program development. The marine science and technology (MAST) degree and certificate program was developed through the combined efforts of the MATE Center and MPC. MATE staff and MPC faculty members developed the program in collaboration with industry, working with organizations such as the Mon- terey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research In- stitute, Deep Ocean Engineering, Sonsub International, the U.S. Navy and other regional and national marine-related businesses. As part of the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program initiative, the MATE Center is working to improve marine science and technology education, collaborating with industry, military, government, research and labor organizations to develop knowledge and skill guidelines and workplace competen- cies defined by those guidelines for curriculum development. In recognition of the importance of workplace experience in technical education, MPC, as a member of the MATE Cen- ter national consortium, also offers internship opportunities [See separate listing]. These internships are a required com- ponent of the marine science and technology curriculum. Contact: Monterey Peninsula College, Information Center, 980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940; 831-646-4010; www. Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Moss Landing, Calif. Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) is located on Monterey Bay. Its proximity to the Monterey Submarine Canyon, Elkhorn Slough Estuarine Sanctuary, sand dune habitats, rocky intertidal environments and subtidal kelp forests provide valuable areas for scientific study. MLML's facilities include more than 24,000 square feet equipped for instruction and research in the marine sciences, with many specialized facilities (light and scanning electron microscope labs, filtered-air clean lab, photographic darkroom, benthic ecology lab, histology preparation facility, museum and core storage facility), three research vessels (135-foot Point Sur, 58-foot John H. Martin and 30-foot Sheila B.) and a complete inventory of scuba diving equipment. MLML is operated by a consortium of seven campuses of the California State University (CSU Fresno, CSU Hayward, CSU Sacramento, San Francisco State, San Jose State, CSU Stanislaus and CSU Monterey Bay). In conjunction with the home campuses, MLML offers upper-division undergraduate courses toward B.A. and B.S. degrees in biology (with a ma- rine biology concentration) and geology (with an oceanog- raphy concentration) and a graduate degree program toward an M.S. in marine science. Contact: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 8272 Moss Landing Rd., Moss Landing, CA 95039-9647; 408-771-4400. National University Polytechnic Institute San Diego, Calif. National University Polytechnic Institute's professional certifi- cate in marine technology provides students with the techni- cal diving skills needed for entry into the offshore and inland diving industry as marine technicians and commercial divers. The program is a fast-paced immersion into surface supply and scuba diving and includes air and helium-oxygen elements, diving safety, professional work habits, underwater work skills and diving science needed to become a commercial diver. Concentrations are available in diver medic and underwater inspection technology. National University Polytechnic Insti- tute has provided a unique commercial diving education for more than 40 years using a combination of lectures and hands- on training. Contact: National University Polytechnic Institute, 3570 Aero Court, San Diego, CA 92123; 800-432-3483; nu-; Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, Calif. The Oceanography Department primarily supports curricula sponsored by the Oceanographer of the Navy. The depart- ment focuses on physical oceanography and environmental acoustics in accordance with naval priorities. Topics include ocean dynamics, numerical ocean circulation modeling, ocean data assimilation, satellite remote sensing of the ocean, air-sea interaction, upper-ocean dynamics and ther- modynamics, nearshore processes, mesoscale dynamics, synoptic/mesoscale ocean prediction, coastal ocean circula- tion and environmental acoustics. The department also pro- vides core courses for other curricula. Students are typically commissioned officers, but civilian students may apply and pursue degrees as federal employees. Contact: Chair, Depart- ment of Oceanography, Naval Postgraduate School, 833 Dyer Rd., Monterey, CA 93943-5122; 831-656-2673; fax: 831- 656-2712; The institution's facilities include: the RV Point Sur, a 135-foot vessel operated by Moss Landing Marine Lab; the Moored Equipment Laboratory, which includes current meters, acoustic sources and tomographic transceivers; the Modeling and Simulation (Graphics) Lab, an instructional laboratory; the Rapid Environmental Assessment Laboratory; and an underwater listening station. closed-system experiments, computer room, marine algal culture facilities, analytical lab and photomicroscope lab. A series of scuba diver training courses are offered in support of the marine science curricula. The HSU Marine Lab oper- ates the 90-foot oceanographic RV Coral Sea. It is used for both undergraduate and graduate instruction and research. The Coral Sea is capable of deploying a variety of water samplers, nets, grabs and an ROV. Additional small boats are available for bay and nearshore work. Located on the pristine Redwood Coast, nearby habitats include: kelp beds, rocky intertidal, sandy beach, Humboldt Bay, lagoons and rivers. For additional information, see marinelab or contact Dr. Brian Tissot, Director, HSU Marine Lab, P.O. Box 690, Trinidad, CA 95570; marinesciences. The Marine Advanced Technology Education Center Monterey, Calif. The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is a national partnership of educational and research institu- tions, employers and individuals concerned with the field of marine science and technology and the education of people to work in that field. Headquartered at Monterey Penin- sula College in Monterey, California [See separate listing], the MATE Center was established in September 1997 with funding from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program. As part of the ATE initiative, two major goals of the MATE Center are to improve science, math and technology education in the United States and to improve and increase the nation's technical workforce through industry/education partnerships, both with an em- phasis on the marine environment and marine-related oc- cupations. The MATE Center is coordinating and facilitating the de- velopment of programs in marine science and technology involving grades nine through 16 and graduate schools, with an emphasis on community colleges. The center emphasizes collaborations among educational institutions and indus- try, military, government, research and labor organizations. These collaborations facilitate the development of courses and educational programs based on occupational skill guide- lines. This provides students with both academic and techni- cal skills and knowledge. The MATE Center is identifying marine science and tech- nology workforce needs through both national and regional surveys and through focused workshops with employers and technicians that target specific regions or occupations. The MATE Center and its partner institutions have devel- oped occupational guidelines for aquarists and shipboard, hydrographic survey, marine research, aquaculture, oil spill response, ROV and oceanographic data-processing techni- cians. Plans exist to target additional occupations. The oc- cupational guidelines, job descriptions and advisory commit- tees are then used to define workplace competencies. The competencies provide the framework to align curriculum to meet workforce needs in these occupational areas. The MATE Center offers two types of internship opportuni- ties: paid internships that place students with the University- National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet of research vessels and paid and unpaid internships that place students in technical positions in marine industries. The UNOLS internships provide participants with experiences on board ships at sea, as well as at shore-based facilities. Technical internships include positions in marine technol- ogy, marine and biological research, environmental monitor- ing, conservation, water quality, aquaculture, diving, marine construction, marine electronics, environmental consulting, geographic information systems and others. The center offers faculty development opportunities, in- cluding workshops designed to expose faculty and teachers to the technical side of the marine industry and marine appli- cations. Contact: The MATE Center, c/o Monterey Peninsula College, 980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940; 831-645- 1393; fax: 831-646-3080; Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, Calif. Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), headquarters of the Ma- rine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, offers both an associate's degree and a certificate in marine science and technology. MPC, located within walking distance of downtown Mon- terey, California, is a comprehensive two-year community college that maintains a tradition of vocational training and job enrichment curricula in more than 50 technical fields. The college features guaranteed transfer agreements with many University of California and California State University campuses, including the California State University, Mon- terey Bay. Based on industry input and job market analysis, the ma- rine science and technology program focuses on specific areas within the broad categories of marine technology and instrumentation, coastal and oceanographic monitoring, and aquatic animal husbandry. These specific areas include ROV operation; maintenance, marine instrumentation and remote data collection; aquaculture; shipboard technical operations; and field methods. The program curriculum includes the fol- lowing courses: careers in marine science and technology (includes field trips to marine-related employers and hands- on activities), field methods in marine science and technol- ogy, research diving and safety, technical writing, marine

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