Summer Session in the Lab

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please refer to the Summer Session 1 and Summer Session 2 webpages for details on each session. We will update our website and contact all applicants as new information becomes available.

Summer Session 2, August 2 – September 10, 2021

Our 2021 Summer Session 2 course offerings have changed due to Covid-19! Please see below for cancellations, and in-person and remote options.

ESP 152, EVE 120 and EVE/ESP 111 will be offered REMOTELY during Summer Session 2

ESP 152, EVE 120, and ESP/EVE 111 can be taken alone or together. Because these classes are being offered remotely, we are no longer requiring an application. UC Davis students will be able to add the classes without special approval, as long as there is space in the class.

ESP 152 (3 units) Coastal Oceanography

wavesInstructor. John Largier This introduction to the oceanography of coastal and estuarine waters adopts an environmental oceanography perspective. The focus is on transport patterns — how material is transported by moving water, the forces accounting for water motion, and the implications of this transport for ecological and environmental issues. Elements of physical, chemical and biological oceanography are integrated in a west-coast emphasis and with clear links to applications.  Lectures form the core of the class, enhanced by field and lab activities and plus group discussion and homework sets. (Tues)

EVE 120 (3 units) Global Change Ecology

intertidalInstructor: Brian Gaylord Treatment of historical evolution of the biosphere resulting from physical, chemical, and biological influences. Special focus upon changes caused by humans. Topics pertain to biodiversity, resources, conservation, and ecosystem services. This course is offered 1 day/week so it is open to commuting or resident students. (Thurs)


EVE/ESP 111 (1 unit) Marine Environmental Issues

Marine Environmental IssuesInstructor: BML faculty, to be determined Readings and group discussion of critical environmental issues in coastal waters, and participation in a research seminar with visiting researchers. The course will connect material from concurrent courses at BML and provide students with an integrative understanding of marine environments and conservation. This course is offered 1day/week (Weds) so is open to commuting or resident students.

BIS 124 + EVE114 will be offered IN-PERSON at BML during Summer Session 2

BIS 124 + EVE 114 must be taken concurrently (for a total of 9 units). If Covid-19 restrictions prevent in-person instruction, we will contact all applicants with updates. Students who enroll in BIS 124 + EVE 114 cannot enroll in any other classes during SS2. You can apply for BIS 124 + EVE 114 here. Applications are due April 15.

BIS 124 Coastal Marine Research (6 units) + EVE 114 Experimental Invertebrate Biology (3 units).

These two courses must be taken together, for a total of 9 units.

Instructor: Eric Sanford

Want to learn more about the remarkable diversity of tidepool animals that make their home on the rugged northern California coast?  Interested in gaining practical, hands-on experience while conducting your own research project? We will cover the biology, ecology, and evolution of local marine invertebrates with a focus on adaptations to environmental and biological factors encountered on the California coast. This set of integrated courses offers field trips and hands-on labs with an emphasis on testing hypotheses. Class experiments and independent research projects provide students with training and experience in all aspects of the research process including making observations, generating hypotheses, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and scientific communication.

To learn more about these courses, watch this short video:

More information:

  • All courses are open to students from any college or university.
  • Scholarships available for study at BML: These fellowships are competitively awarded to excellent students who are in financial need to support their in-person studies at BML. Open to UCD and non-UC Davis students. Students need to enroll in at least 6 units to qualify.
  • Students who enroll in BIS 124 + EVE 114 are encouraged to stay in on-site housing (additional fees apply for room + board at BML, see the FAQ), unless they have other accommodations within Sonoma County.
  • All of the courses have suggested *prerequisites. Please refer to the UCD General Catalog for specific course recommendations. *Note that prerequisites may be waived with instructor consent.
  • See Summer Session Frequently Asked Questions

These courses will not be offered during Summer 2021

Information for Summer 2022 will be available in January, 2022

GEL/ESP 150C (4 units) Biological Oceanography

barnaclesInstructor: Tessa Hill Biological topics from phytoplankton and primary production to zooplankton, fisheries and major marine habitats. Ecology of communities such as intertidal, shelf benthic, deep-sea and the open ocean. The course will focus on existing knowledge and contemporary research questions, as well as human impacts and conservation. This course will include lectures, group projects, field and lab work. (Mon/Wed)

ESP 124 (3 units) Marine and Coastal Field Ecology

Marine and Coastal Field EcologyInstructor: Steven Morgan Hands-on learning using the scientific process to address ecological questions posed in the field, classroom and discussions of scientific publications while learning about the ecology of diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystems of the California coast. Taught one day per week (Friday) so it serves both resident and commuting students. Introductory ecology recommended. GE credit, field experience, scientific writing experience.

Students interested in a research experience may also elect to pursue mentored research projects by applying through the following:

EVE/BIS/ESP/GEL 199 (1-3 units) Research Units

Research UnitsInstructor: BML faculty, to be determined Research projects by consent of instructor. If you are interested in pursuing an independent research project, please fill out the appropriate section on the Summer Session application to be matched with a potential mentor.