Story last updated at 6/24/2009 - 10:46 am
KETCHIKAN - Students from the marine biology classes and the maritime class at Ketchikan High School participated in a science cruise on the F/V Jack Cotant May 7. High school teachers Julie Landwehr and Rick Collins worked with UAS staff Barbara Morgan, UAF Marine Advisory Program agent Gary Freitag and UAS Fisheries Technology student Jessica Davila to give students hands-on experience in oceanographic data collection. Wayne Kinunen, who also participated, helped pioneer the way with past oceanographic field trips on the Jack Cotant.
During the cruise, a variety of scientific tests and procedures were conducted. Students practiced taking physical and chemical water quality tests, including pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen and salinity. Students did phytoplankton and zooplankton tows and identified the species they found. They also used Van Dorn bottles to practice taking a water sample from depth and took a bottom sediment sample. The cruise gave the maritime students a chance to learn boating skills.
Said one student: "I thought it was really cool that I learned about (an) item, then we used it in the water and I got to see it firsthand. The trip was really nice. It made me really think about all the jobs out there, and taking a marine class would be really cool."
This collaborative effort was made possible through a USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) grant awarded to UAS Ketchikan Fisheries Technology Program.
As the principal investigator of this grant, UAS Assistant Professor of Fisheries Technology Kate Sullivan assisted in developing the idea of using the F/V Jack Cotant as a means of offering a science experience for local high school students, and obtained the necessary grant funding. The F/V Jack Cotant is maintained by the KGBSD as a part of their maritime course. UAS Ketchikan hopes to be able to repeat the trip again next school year.