Marine Science

With our prime waterfront location on the Gulf of Mexico, our internationally recognized faculty, coupled with a hands-on curriculum in the field, on the water and in the lab, Eckerd College’s Marine Science Program on Florida’s Gulf Coast presents a unique opportunity for students to explore marine science as a potential major here at Eckerd.

Activities are derived from our undergraduate curriculum for marine science majors.

Students should come prepared to get wet and work hard each day as they participate in indoor and outdoor activities.

View a sample schedule for the program.


Students enrolled in the program may:

  • Embark on a marine science research vessel to capture, identify and release sharks, rays and fish
  • Net near shore marine fish and invertebrates, including shrimp, crabs and zooplankton
  • Deploy hydrophones to hear underwater sounds, including dolphins, fish and snapping shrimp
  • Photograph wild dolphins to better understand dolphin ecology and behavior in Florida’s coastal waters
  • Observe foraging shorebirds and take sediment cores to find their prey on local beaches
  • Encounter alligators, tortoises, snakes and birds of prey at a nature preserve
  • Conduct a plankton tow and examine organisms under a microscope
  • Investigate the interactions of corals, anemones and their symbionts using microscopy and microbiology
Registrations are now closed. If you would like to notified about our 2019 programs, please email
June 10-15, 2018
Students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2018
$1,695 per student. Cost includes: participation in (and transportation for) all sessions, activities, labs, program supplies, field trips, entrance fees, use of college recreational facilities, meals, lodging and snacks.
Check-in: June 10, 2:30-4 p.m.
Check-out: June 15, 2:30-4 p.m.

Room and Board


Few colleges have a more attractive setting than Eckerd College. Our 188-acre waterfront campus provides a magnificent atmosphere and safe environment. Eckerd College is located in St. Petersburg, just off I-275 exit 17.

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Residential counselors work with students in the late afternoons, evenings and overnight. Staff consists of well-trained Eckerd College students and recent graduates eager to share their enthusiasm for learning.


Students will live in air-conditioned Eckerd College student residence halls, double- or triple- room occupancy, reserved exclusively for participants in this program. Counselors will be present in each single sex residence hall.


Student participants will eat in the main cafeteria which can accommodate allergies and vegetarian diets. If you have particular needs, please complete the Dietary Restrictions Form.



Laura R. Wetzel
Professor of Marine Science and Geosciences
Ph.D. Washington University
John M. Bevan Award, 2013
Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award, 2007

Laura Wetzel


Beth Forys

Beth Forys
Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology
Ph.D., University of Florida
John M. Bevan Award, 2010
Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award, 2003

Shannon Gowans

Shannon Gowans
Associate Professor of Marine Science & Biology
Ph.D., Dalhousie University

Cory J. Krediet

Cory J. Krediet
Assistant Professor of Marine Science and Biology
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2012

Peter Simard

Peter Simard
Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Ph.D., University of South Florida

Nancy Smith

Nancy F. Smith
Associate Professor of Marine Science & Biology
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

William Szelistowski

William A. Szelistowski
Associate Professor of Marine Science & Biology
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award, 2016

Refund Policy

Withdrawal Date Refund
60 days before start date 100%
30 days before start date 50%
20 days before start date 20%
<20 days before start date 0%

Processing fee of $25 is non-refundable.

No refund will be issued for the following:

  • If a participant fails to show up for the program.
  • If a participant is dismissed from the program by the College.

Participants who cancel their registration and are eligible for a refund should contact or 727.864.7994.