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- SSCI 587: The Catalina Experience:
|Morning||7:30 am sharp: Depart for USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Arrive approximately 9:00 am. Tour the facilities. Catalina Island Water Safety and housing orientation.|
|Afternoon||Course overview. Walking tour of Two Harbors, a small town approximately 2 miles from WIES (by foot, van, or water taxi).|
|Evening||7 – 8 pm: Project expectations and constraints. Distribute laptops and GPS units.|
|Morning||9 am – noon: GPS/GIS Workshop.|
|Afternoon||1 – 3 pm: GPS/GIS Guided Field Training.|
|Evening||7 – 8 pm: Roundtable discussion of results, formation of groups, and initial brainstorming and discussion of project ideas.|
|Morning||Work in groups to prepare your project proposal.|
|Afternoon||1 – 3 pm: Proposal presentations. 3:30 – 5:30: Optional field trip to Little Harbor, or begin data collection.|
|Evening||7 – 9 pm: Thesis Night. Faculty discusses thesis requirements and expectations for completing the MS GIST.|
|Morning||Continue with data acquisition and analysis.|
|Afternoon||Continue with data acquisition and analysis. Roundtable discussion of results.|
|Evening||Optional field trip to Two Harbors Bar.|
|Morning||Discuss final presentation and poster. Continue data acquisition and analysis.|
|Afternoon||Complete data acquisition and continue with data analysis and visualization.|
|Evening||Group work to design and prepare final posters.|
|Morning||Continue with data acquisition, analysis, visualization, etc.|
|Afternoon||Continue work on posters and develop final presentations.|
|Evening||Optional time to finish posters and presentations|
|Morning||8:30 am: Pack up. 9 – 11 am: Final group presentations. 12:00 – 12:30 pm: Lunch. 1:30 pm: Depart to SCMI on mainland.|
|Afternoon||Optional tour of USC and SSI and visit to USC Bookstore.|
|Evening||5 pm: Optional dinner with other GIST faculty on campus.|
We depart on Monday mornings at 7:30 a.m. from the USC Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI), located at 820 South Seaside Avenue, Terminal Island, CA 90731, to WMSC on Catalina Island. On Sundays, we leave to return to SCMI on the mainland by 3:00 p.m.
The journey takes approximately 90 to 120 minutes depending on sea conditions. Closed-toed shoes are mandatory for the boat ride!
Your professor will give you more detailed directions and parking information.
All meals are included and are served in the cafeteria. We have three set meal times: breakfast (7:30 – 8:00 am); lunch (noon – 12:30 pm); and dinner (6:00 – 6:30 pm). We eat with other researchers, staff, and guests working at and visiting WIES. The full-time kitchen staff can accommodate special dietary needs requested in advance.
Two Harbors has a general store and restaurant.