“We are in trouble now, unless we deliberately take actions to take care of the sea, and make sure these systems continue to operate as they have for millions of years.” – Sylvia Earle
The Coral Lab at Palmer Trinity School is a center for education, training, and research in marine biology.
An essential part of our mission is to provide students with hands-on experience by conducting research both in the laboratory and out in the field. Teachers and students form partnerships to study the diverse and abundant marine organisms found in the ocean and solve complex environmental problems. Students take responsibility for their learning and growth while investigating topics of personal interest. Teachers train students how to use the tools of the scientific trade to conduct original research. The program is a formative experience for many students that ultimately choose a career in marine science, biology, or policy.
An important goal of the Coral Lab is to offer independent studies, laboratories, and activities of an interdisciplinary nature. These curricular offerings are based on requests by students or faculty to explore a certain topic. Faculty members and students create or enhance classes based on research interest and student appeal.
This course is designed by the student and sponsoring faculty to investigate an area or field of specialization not normally offered in scheduled course offerings. It is an opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member to complete directed reading, a creative project, and/or supervised research. Students must consult with their advisors before undertaking independent study.
The Coral Lab provides the ideal setting for students who want to take an independent study course to further their education. An essential criterion for a new independent study is that they appeal to both students and faculty. The courses offered include but are not limited to marine conservation, biology of corals, coral propagation, aquarium fish breeding, and mangrove ecology.