S.T.E.M. Programs

Marine Biology

Explore underwater ecosystems and marine life at the NSLC on Marine Biology.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
Are you fascinated by marine ecosystems? Do you want to work with marine life? At the NSLC on Marine Biology, you will learn about the relations between humans and our marine ecosystems and take an active role in developing solutions to the issues facing marine biologists today.
While at the NSLC you will visit labs and national parks as you meet with and learn from professionals and researchers in a variety of fields including marine mammals, marine biotechnology, aquaculture, environmental biology and toxicology. You and your peers will learn about the fields that come together to make marine biology and take a deep dive into the career path open to you!

Program Highlights

Marine Biology Highlights

Marine Conservation Project
Tackle an issue that deals with the relationship between humans and marine ecosystems. You and your team will research the challenges and develop a sustainable solution.

Hands-on Workshops
Experience marine biology during hands-on workshops such as sea life dissections, shark tagging, and a coral analysis.

Meet Researchers & Professionals
Meet various professors, researchers and leading professionals in the field. Learn about their day to day lives and the reasons they chose this exciting career!

Dates & Locations

Hands-On Simulations

During your program, you and your peers will work on a marine conservation project and take part in a marine issues debate series. Through these projects, you will analyze the relations between humans and marine ecosystems and present solutions for a more sustainable future.
Workshops include:

Marine Biology Boat

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC’s summer high school marine biology program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the marine biology community.
In past years, guest speakers have included:

Dr. Jone Corrales
Research Assistant Professor, Southeast Environmental Research Center

Dr. Rosanna Milligan
Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Lead of Seascape Ecology Lab

Dr. Danielle McDonald
Associate Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Dr. Andrew Carter
Research Director, Miami Waterkeeper

Dr. Andrew Hoffman
Dean of Veterinary Medicine, PennVet

Mr. Sean Schmidt
Sustainability Specialist, University of Washington

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC summer high school marine biology program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of marine biology.
These trips may include:

University of Miami

  • University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
  • The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
  • Everglades National Park
  • Little Havana

University of Hawaiʻi

  • Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology
  • Sea Life Park Hawaii
  • Beach Clean Up
  • Pearl Harbor National Monument
  • Kalakaua Avenue

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Marine Biology program include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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