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Marine Biology

One-Week Summer Science Program 2024

BioSTEM Award, 2018, J&J • Top Summer Science Program, 2011-Present, NY Times/ • Top Robotics Program, 2017, RoboLoco • Best Medicine Program, 2018, ParentMap • Top Biomedical Engineering, • Top 101 Summer Camps & Programs, • #1 Marine Bio, 2022, ThomasNet, Xometry • Top Summer Programs, 2023,  •  Best Computer Science, 2023,

This one week course will provide students with foundational knowledge of the biology and ecology of marine ecosystems, with a specific focus on the methods that scientists use to study marine habitats. Students will illustrate the knowledge they’ve gained via a project completed throughout the week and present it at the end of the session.

In past years, students measured the impact of ocean temperature and ocean acidity on the growth of seaweed and marine animals. Students were fascinated by the squishy tunicates, especially when they learned how closely related we are to these simple blob-like animals.

This one-week summer program is designed for teens interested in oceanography & animal science.

Are you a rising 6th-9th grader looking for Marine Biology? Check out our one-week pre-high school program, Under the Sea

Students go to the Boston Harbor to work in an aquatic environment in the Marine Biology one-week program


July 15 – 19, 2024  | Olin/Wellesley, MA

July 22 – 26, 2024  | Olin/Wellesley, MA

More About: Awards – Research Programs – Sample Week 


Last year, students went on a field trip to the Northeastern University Marine Science Center. A different year, students ventured out to survey the rocky shore of Georges Island, and documented the invasive species fouling the dock pilings. Examples of other field trips that students have gone to in past years include Boston Harbor Islands, a Salt Marsh or Sandy Beach study.


Instructor: Marco Pedulli

Dr. Pedulli earned his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Massachusetts. He currently teaches marine biology at the South Shore Charter School. Previously, he was a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.

Student Comments from Summer 2023

My teacher, Dr. Pedulli knew a lot about fish and taught us a lot about how the water in the ocean affects the fish and many other things!! I liked the many experiments we did, and learning about the ocean. I also liked how our teacher was very knowledgeable in this field and could tell us many things as well as answer all of our questions!’

‘The program was fast paced and enjoyable… I enjoyed checking the tank, and learning about what being a marine biologist entails. All good things.’

‘I really enjoyed my time at marine biology this week. Marco was very knowledgeable in all of our topics and taught very well. I also liked the 4D models as we were able to explore the anatomy of different marine animals.’

‘Overall, the program with Marco was fun. He was very engaged and interactive with the students, including myself. I learned a lot about marine biology and overall, it was great.’

Looking for more? Check out our three-week Marine Biology program!

Rising middle school? Try Shark Week or Under the Sea!

Our Programs are Featured on the National Association for Gifted Children Website

Note: this page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

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