Summer on Nantucket

Seals on the beach of Nantucket

Head to Nantucket for a couple of weeks and earn some credits towards your degree or certificate program at University of Massachusetts Boston. We have some new offerings as well as some old favorites. Come study in one of the world’s most unique and beautiful environments this summer.

This Land is Your Land: A Survey of U.S. Environmental History

June 20 - July 3, 2015
This course will provide a grounding in humanistic study of past environments - that is, understanding not simply the physical environments of the past, but how human beings have come to terms with, measured, shaped, and valued those physical environments.
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Marine and Coastal Ecological Research

July 26 - August 8, 2015
Supervised research on the adaptations and interactions of organisms of the beaches, salt marshes, sand dunes, and embayments of Nantucket.
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GIT Data Collection and Field Methods

August 3 - August 22, 2015
The course will cover basic Geographic Information Technologies (GIT) and applications used to research, map and analyze coastal phenomena. These include: Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Global Positioning System (GPS); Remote Sensing (RS).
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Terrestrial Ecology of Nantucket: Spider Assemblages

August 9 - August 21, 2015
This course is designed to give you an in-depth look at the diversity of spider families that inhabit Nantucket Island, help you to hone skills that allow you to identify spiders to the genus and species level from this region and elsewhere, and give you an appreciation for the anatomy, physiology, phylogeny, and ecology of these amazing organisms.
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