Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573

207-563-3146
207-563-3119 (fax)

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UMaine Accredited May Term & Summer Courses for 2014
May Term and summer courses incur regular UMaine tuition and fees. UMaine students can register directly through MaineStreet. Non-UMaine students, please register through the Office of Continuing and Distance Education/Summer University by calling 207-581-3143. Registration is scheduled to open March 1st. Please register by by April 15.

May Term and summer courses include weekend/holiday class sessions or independent study. Students should plan to be available for course work for the duration of the course(s). Room and board are available at the DMC for all May Term classes. To register for accommodations, please download and complete this DMC Housing Request Form and return to the DMC course coordinator.

Many classes run concurrently or overlap by a few days. Most conflicts can be resolved so students can enroll in multiple courses. Almost all permutations of courses are possible,

May Term and summer courses offered at the DMC during May and June offer unique opportunities for Capstone projects. Students enrolled in these courses and in need of a Capstone project are encouraged to contact the instructor.


Techniques in Shellfish Aquaculture is a one week course in which participants explore the theory and practice of marine bivalve aquaculture as practiced in the northeastern United States. This is an intense “hands-on” class with strong laboratory and field methods components. Topics covered include: reproductive biology, genetics, algal culture, larval rearing, shellfish pathology, site selection, water quality, ecological impacts

This five-day course meets from 8:00am - 5:00pm. Students may enrolled for 2 undergraduate credits (SMS 309) or 1 undergraduate credits (SMS 598.)


samplingSMS 491: Problems in Marine Science - Estuarine Oceanography

Estuaries are environments of mixing between rivers and the ocean. We will examine how river flow, tidal mixing and geomorphology affect mixing and how the mixing process affects various components of estuaries. Fieldwork in mid-coast Maine estuaries will include hydrographic surveys coupled to various sampling, field sensor, and laboratory approaches to provide views of physical, biological, chemical, and sedimentary responses to mixing patterns. Students will learn how dissolved and living and dead particles move through these environments, and how sessile organisms respond to hydrography. We will study planktonic and benthic ecosystems, with applications to processes such as aquaculture, eutrophication and contaminant dispersal. Fieldwork will involve team-oriented student projects. Course projects can be integrated with concurrent MATLAB course (descriptions below.) 3 credits.


SMS 491: Problems in Marine Science - Larval Biology
The course will consist of lectures, laboratory sessions and zooplankton collections from mid-coast Maine waters using the Darling Marine Center’s 42’ research vessel Ira C. Students will learn to collect gametes (eggs, sperm) from a variety of adult invertebrates and artificially fertilize the eggs so they can follow larval development in the laboratory. Daily plankton collections will be used to create a zooplankton guide describing the reproductive biology, life histories and larval stages of local species (e.g. sponges, jellyfish, annelid worms, clams, snails, starfish, urchins, lobsters, crabs etc.). Students will collect, sort, identify and take digital photos of larval stages before assembling a guidebook illustrating the comprehensive life histories of many common mid-coast Maine invertebrates. Lectures will cover reproductive diversity, fertilization biology, embryology and larval development. 3 Credits.


SMS416: Marine Engineering Literacy
A hands-on project-based class. Major focus areas include: Programming, Sensors and Robotics. By the end of the class students should have a basic understanding of what programming is, and they will be able to build a simple electronic sensor, calibrate it and program its output to a computer, and build/program a Lego robot to do specific missions (for example, an underwater ROV or AUV taking data while diving in water). 3 Credits.


graphSMS 491: Problems in Marine Science - MATLAB for Marine Sciences

Marine science is an increasingly technical field and Matrix Laboratory (MATLAB) is the language of technical computing. Students will learn the basics of computer programming in MATLAB: pre and post processing environmental data (I/O), vectorizing code, conditional loops, and visualization. Students will learn how MATLAB interacts with external databases and other programming languages as well as how to produce scientific figures that effectively highlight and communicate their results. However, there is no better way to learn a computing language than to work on an application that interests the student. Students will work on data collected in the Estuarine Oceanography (enrollment in this course is not necessary but encouraged) as well as data collected during the course on a field trip to sample a local estuary. Students will be encouraged to work with “real” data either collected by the student on the field trip or downloaded from a field of their own interest (e.g. OBIS SEAMAP for marine mammals or CIMS for estuarine oceanography) to pre-process, analyze, and visualize their data. Advanced mathematical skills are not necessary. This course is also available by Polycom. 2 credits.

Prior to taking Dr. Brady's MATLAB course, I was using MATLAB "recipes," copying other's code, making slight adjustments, and receiving questionable "magic" output. Dr. Brody's class started at the beginning and filled in my missing MATLAB foundation. Now I know what I'm asking MATLAB to do, I can write my own code from scratch and am more confident my output is what I started out trying to get. Yes the magic of MATLAB is gone for me, but in this case, that's a very good thing! I recommend students take this course before using MATLAB if possible, as it will make everything clear from the beginning and take the pain out of the learning curve. Did I mention he sets up the course so you work with your own data? Yes! You'll get a ton of work done while learning cool MATLAB tricks! - Stacy

I think it is a really good class for grad students who already have their own data to work with. Dr. Brady is really good in helping students in achieving their matlab goals. The best thing about this course is that it is tailor made to fit the goals of every student who is enrolled in the class. - Sugandha

I would highly suggest it to any student looking to becoming more efficient in processing and visualizing their data in Matlab. - Katie

The Matlab for Marine Scientists class was a key component to my graduate career. Matlab is ubiquitous among oceanographers, and understanding how to work with and present data using this platform is critical. I strongly recommend this class for those new to Matlab, as well as those who are familiar with the program and are looking to learn new tools to help with their research. - Greg

I would recommend this course to people of all different Matlab skill levels. Professor Brady personalizes the course so that you can get the most out of it for yourself. It is a real 'learn-by-doing' type of course. - Dominic


The majority of solid Earth’s surface underlying its moving fluids comprises marine muds and sands.  Virtually every phylum on Earth has representatives in marine sediments that date back to the Cambrian.  This multidisciplinary examination of factors that control ecological processes in marine sediments and their overlying boundary layers emphasizes recent research integrating biological, geological, chemical and physical aspects of marine sedimentary environments and biological levels of organization from the individual to the ecosystem.  The spring immersion venue at the Darling Marine Center takes advantage of proximity to field sites and a rich history of marine benthic research at UMaine to let students experience the integration of theoretical, modeling, (field and lab) experimental and observational approaches and to focus them on individual student projects during the final week of the class.  A general theme is scaling, e.g., what and how conditions and results differ in an aquarium from the field. Credits: 3 with individual project, 2 without.