Program Overview

Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology Research Experience in Marine Science is a summer high school program supported by an independent research unit within the School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Inquiry-based summer courses are offered to Youth from Hawaiʻi with the objective of creating educational pathways for future scientists, managers, and stewards by increasing literacy skills as they develop an understanding of the relationship between anthropogenic impacts and coastal ecosystem productivity.

Course Overview

The first two weeks of the program will cover short lectures, researcher guest lectures, quizzes, field-trips, and numerous investigative sessions both in the field and in the lab.

By the end Weeks 1 2, students will be able to:

  • describe the major elements of a typical Hawaiʻi shallow water coral reef system
  • analyze different environmental challenges to Hawaiʻi’s coastal habitats and some of the current research that seeks to address these issues
  • describe basic techniques currently used in (marine) science investigations

Week 1

Lecture 1: Reef Etiquette and Hawaiian Reef Species Identification

I. Coral Reef Ecology
Guest lecture: Coral Reef Monitoring
Lecture 2: Coral Reef Ecology
Quiz 1 (pre/post): Coral Reef Ecology
Handout: Practice Transect and Photoquadrats
Reading: CPCe Abbreviations

II. Ocean Acidification
Quiz 2 (pre/post): Ocean Acidification
Pre-Evaluation: Ocean Acidification
Lecture 3: Ocean Acidification
Video I: Ocean Acidification
Video II: Ocean Acidification
Post Evaluation: Ocean Acidification

III. Marine Fish Aquaculture
Reading: Marine Aquaculture Lab Handout
Quiz 3 (pre): Marine Aquaculture

Week 2
Lecture 4: Marine Aquaculture
Video: Hawaiian Fishponds – Heʻeia

IV. Marine Bioacoustics
Quiz 4 (pre/post): Marine Bioacoustics
Evaluation (pre): Marine Bioacoustics

V. Sea Urchin Fertilization
Reading: Sea Urchin Fertilization
Lecture 5: Sea Urchin Fertilization
Quiz 5 (pre/post): Sea Urchin Fertilization
Lecture 6: Marine Bioacoustics
Quiz 3 (post): Marine Aquaculture
Evaluation (post): Marine Bioacoustics

VI. Scientific Method
Quiz 6 (pre/post): Scientific Method
Lecture 7: Scientific Method

The remaining three weeks of the program will be devoted to students developing novel team research questions related to the marine science topics covered during the first two weeks, followed by design, execution, analysis, reporting and oral presentation of results at an organized course ‘symposium’.

By the end of Weeks 3-5, students will be able to:

  • investigate a question, propose a hypothesis, design an experiment, collect data, and analyze and interpret results using the scientific method
  • communicate scientific research in both written and oral formats appropriate in professional science

Week 3
I. Team Project Execution — students work in teams to conceptualized and execute a research plan 
II. Field data collection — hands-on activity in the field or in the lab followed,
III. Class discussions  — shared discussions of culminating group report of results of daily scientific findings.

Week 4
I. Team project execution — more
II. Field data collection
III. Data analysis

Week 5
Preparation of final report and presentation
Practice talks (1st round):
Practice talks (2nd round):
Break out group sessions:
Symposium (dry-run):
Revisions (as needed):
Final Symposium: team project presentations

Presentation Critique Form

Contact Information:
Web Address:
Mailing Address:
46-007 Lilipuna Road
P.O. Box 1346
Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi 96744
Phone: (808)235-9301
Fax: (808)235-9300