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Hood College to offer 10-week Coastal Studies Semester

October 10, 2005

FREDERICK, Md. - College students interested in learning about and traveling to coastal environments from the Florida Keys to the Chesapeake Bay watershed in the Maryland, Virginia and Delaware area may enroll in a program offered by Hood College.

The 10-week, 16-credit Coastal Studies Semester begins in January and is open to undergraduates at Hood College and students at other colleges and universities who want to study coastal environments.

After an introduction in class at Hood, students will travel to Seahorse Key in the Gulf of Mexico, a marine laboratory established by the University of Florida for the purpose of studying coastal biotic resources on and around the island.

The students then will travel to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Fla., to visit mangroves, mud flats, beaches, islands and marine communities to study genetic engineering of marine organisms, medicines from marine organisms, food production via aquaculture and land use on barrier islands.

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Class participants then will travel to Mote Marine Laboratory Center for Tropical Research in Summerland Key, Fla., where they will observe various reef, mangrove and rocky shore communities, and investigate environmental issues affecting the Florida Keys.

In Solomons, Md., students will visit seagrass meadows, salt marshes, tidal freshwater marshes and forested wetlands to study the successes and failures in managing fisheries, the impact of dredging and the detrimental effects of introduced species.

Arriving back at Hood, students will explore the Catoctin Mountains to study steams, rivers, freshwater wetlands, ponds and impoundments to evaluate the changes in land use, air quality, nutrient management and population growth.

The application deadline is Oct. 24.

For an application packet and information, call Ron Albaugh, Coastal Studies Semester coordinator, at 301-696-3652, send e-mail to albaugh@hood.edu or go to www.hood.edu/coastal.

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