Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques

University of Hawaii, Hilo


-An intensive field course that teaches students the fundamentals of coral reef ecology. This is a 2 week long class held at the University of Hawaii's Hilo campus. Students spend the first week in lectures learning everything from coral, fish and seaweed biology, geomorphology, statistics, experimental design, underwater surveying techniques, diving safety, scientific writing and presentation development. After the "in class" component of this course, students and staff pack up and travel over the Kona side of the island of Hawaii where they put all of the recently acquired skills to work. After five days of SCUBA diving on the reefs of Puako, everyone travels back to the University campus where the data analysis, report writing and presentation development begins. The last day of QUEST includes a mini symposium where teams of students present their data and synthesize their findings. This course is a great opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the field of coral reef ecology. 

Student during QUEST 



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Jen's Student Resources for QUEST: 

Limu Species List: Power Point 

Limu ID Study Guide: PDF

Quest Algal Ecology Lecture: Power Point 

QUEST 2006 Ohana



University of Hawaii Marine Option Program: