AIO Ocean Studies introduces you to marine science through a unique combination of biological, physical and chemical oceanography with field, offshore, and lab work.
For 38 years, AIO has offered students the opportunity to study oceanography through its summer programs. Mount Desert Island is the perfect place to study marine ecology because the cool Labrador Current brings minerals from the north to feed the food chains of coastal Maine. Waters are rich in plankton and there are many species of fish and marine mammals. Offshore dredges yield sediments full of benthic life. Rivers and estuaries serve as ocean nurseries. Rocky tidal pools shelter invertebrates and small fish. And mud flats and marshes present new environments and species for study. All of these diverse environments are within a few miles of AIO.
We also offer students the chance to explore their collegiate options during the advanced sessions with college tours and meetings with the Jackson Lab and Mt. Desert Island Biological Lab, both of whom offer internships to high school and college age students. Several of our students have participated over the years.
The caliber of our students is so well respected that College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine, now offers $10,000/year scholarships to any AIO student who is accepted into their program with a recommendation from one of our Directors. As of 2011, AIO is also pleased to announce our first advanced session will be available for college credit through the University of Maine Machias.
At the heart of the AIO program is an experienced and qualified core of educators trained in the field of oceanography. These are classroom teachers, practicing scientists, and researchers - many with advanced graduate degrees. The student to instructor ratio is approximately four to one. Other staff members include a full-time nurse, a professional chef, recreation coordinator, and interns.
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