Marine Biology in Alaska 2022

What is Marine Biology in Alaska?

  • Alaska is the last frontier of North America and has as much shoreline as the continental United States. Alaska also has the largest fisheries catch and most value for their catch of the 50 states.
  • View the Mendenhall glacier. Hike, kayak, fish, and zipline during your leisure time.
  • Meet scientists from the University of Southeast  Alaska and the Lena Point NMFS/ NOAA facility
  • Study the ecosystem of the North Pacific Ocean, the Pacific salmon, and the long-term impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on the Prince William Sound ecosystem.  
  • This is your chance to experience a part of the US that's like no other!
  • This program is very affordable and safe and has been an LSU short-term program staple since 2008.
  • 12th year for the program
Class of 2018 at McCauley Salmon HatcheryMV Columbia Ferry
The Pacific Northwest: Bellingham,WA to Juneau,AKUAS Campus Residence Hall

UAS Campus Egan Classroom and Dining HallMcCauley Fish Hatchery Fish LadderKiller Whale and Her Calf Near Shelter IslandKiller Whales Near Shelter Island

Stellar Sea Lions at a Haulout on Little IslandHumpback Whales Bubble-net Feeding with Gulls OverheadBreaching Humpback WhaleBlack Bear fishing for Sockeye Salmon in Mendenhall Creek

Brown Bear at Pack Creek on Admirality IslandStudy Intertidal Zonation Patterns of animals and algae at Sunshine Cove Nucella lamellosa at the zero tide level Class in Front of South Sawyer GlacierHarbor Seal on pack ice below South Sawyer glacier

NOAA Facility at Lena Point


July 8 - August 3, 2022

Depart from Bellingham WA on July 8th and return from Juneau on August 3th

  • Undergraduate Research – Biol. 3999 (3 credit hours)
  • Neurobiology- Biology 4177 (3 credit hours)
  • Marine Communities -Biol. 4262 (3 credit hours)
  • Marine Communities lab – Biol. 4263 (1 credit hours)
  • Marine Communities  (Biol. 4262)– Pick a research topic and submit an outline and first draft prior to departure
  • Marine Communities Lab (Biol. 4263) – Complete 4 simulation labs prior to departure
  • Undergraduate Research (Biol. 3999)- Chose a research topic and write the Introduction and Methods and Materials Section of your study prior to departure under the guidance of a graduate student
  • Neurobiology (Biol. 4177) – No assignments prior to departure

  • $3550 – covers
  • Ferry trip
  • Transportation
  • Housing and meals
  • Trip to Tracy Arm Fiord
  • Humpback Whale cruise and salmon bake
  • Field trips, to Sunshine Cove rocky intertidal zone, Alaska State Museum, McCauley salmon hatchery, NOAA facility and Mendenhall Glacier
  • Classroom and lab rentals

  • Course Fee: $3550
  • Spending money: $600-900
  • Travel

  Round trip to Seattle
  One way from Juneau to Seattle
  AMTRAK fare from Seattle-Bellingham, WA on July 10th

  • Arrive several days early in order to see Seattle 
  • Depart for Bellingham at 7:45 AM on July 10th via AMTRAC.
  • Disembark the train in Bellingham at ~9:52AM and take your bags to the Alaska Ferry terminal which is ~100 yards away
  • Someone will watch your bags as you look around Bellingham
  • Board the MV Columbia ~ 3-3:30 PM for a 6 PM departure for Juneau
  • Arrive in Juneau between 4:30 and 8:30 AM on Monday July 12th

Other Information

Marine Biology Travel Fund:

  • Multiple Awards will be made this Spring and they will be applied to your student fee account
  • Provide financial awards to eligible Junior or Senior students in their College at LSU with GPA of at least 2.8 and meet or are currently enrolled in courses to meet course requirements for Program
  • Application Process
    • A 500 word essay about how the award will benefit the student’s career and/or how financial assistance will impact the students ability to attend the program
    • A one page letter of support from a professor who is familiar with the student
    • A vita and transcript of all attempted work at LSU (an unofficial transcript will suffice).
    • All application materials should be delivered to the Biological Sciences Undergraduate office in the Life Science Building room 101 or sent to Ann Polito (, coordinator for Dr. Greg Pettis Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Biological Science.
    • The Biological Science Undergraduate Awards Committee will evaluate and rank the applications, and the Departmental Chair will recommend the winning students to the Dean of the College of Science
    • Deadline for submission – The submission deadline is Wednesday February 16, 2022

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Hear What Former Students Have to Say:

"If you are thinking about going to Alaska with Dr. Stickle I highly recommend it! Dr. Stickle has led this trip for many years and knows how to balance the coursework so that you can take advantage of all that Juneau has to offer. The days are very long and you will almost always have more than enough time to do whatever activity you want after class. The program led a few great trips but there’s also countless fishing, hiking, and tourist activities around the city. Another great aspect of the trip is that ours trip was mostly pre-med and pre-dent students, so many of us were able to make relationships that continued into post grad."

 "Emerson once wrote,

'Mine are the night and morning,

The pits of air, the gulf of space,

The sportive sun, the gibbous moon,

The innumerable days.'

For one month in the summer of 2018, this was mine too. Despite my glaring trepidation to spend three and a half weeks with twenty-something semi-strangers in a place filled with bears and killer whales, I went with Dr. Stickle to Juneau. And I'm so glad I did. The therapeutic nature of your surroundings, along with the people you experience it with, make the fact that you spend half of the trip studying virtually unnoticeable. If you have the chance, sign up."

  "Juneau 2017 - Such an unforgettable experience. I am so thankful to have gone on this trip. The scenery was beautiful, the classes were interesting and this group made the trip that much better!" 

"This is for anyone thinking about going to Alaska. Do it! It was one of my favorite memories from college. Dr. Stickle is amazing and to date I haven't found anyone who can teach Neurobiology better than Dr. Caprio. I'm an Anesthesiologist now and still routinely refer back to my notes from that class."