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Location:  Hawaii

A few ASCI majors have chosen to participate in this 3-week January internship studying the humpback whale. The cost is a bit steep, but worth it.

Join the Ocean Mammal Institute (OMI) in Maui as a research intern as we pioneer the way in the most  important fields of study in the 21st century: Conservation Biology and Ecopsychology. Together, we can turn the tide of extinction!

Course Instructor, Dr. Marsha Green:
  • Dr. Green is OMI's President and founder.
  • She has a doctorate from Temple University in animal behavior and physiological psychology.
  • She is a licensed psychologist.
  • Dr. Green is a full time Professor at Albright College in Reading Pennsylvania, where she has been teaching for 35 years.
  • Dr. Green served as Chair of the Psychology Department at Albright until 1993 and founded the Psychobiology and Environmental Psychobiology programs.
  • She has taught this Internship since 1986.
As an OMI research intern you will be expected to do the following:
  1. Study the biology and behavior of humpback whales while they observe and record their spectacular behaviors.
  2. Learn and apply the principles of field research design as they participate in our ongoing field study on the impact of boats on the behavior of the humpback whale.
  3. Gain a personal understanding of the politics of protecting endangered species.
  4. Learn about current research on whales and dolphins around the world and related conservation issues.
  5. Be introduced to the field of Ecopsychology, which studies the relationship between humans and the natural world.
What a typical day is like:
  • Conduct shore-based data collection.  This involves tracking whales and boats with a theodolite and recording whale behaviors. All this is conducted on the top of a hill where you can look down on the whales.  This is conducted 3 & 1/2 hours everyday in the hot sun.
  • Plot and graph your data daily.
  • Read and discuss articles for the evening discussion (approx.1&1/2 hours every evening)
If taking this course for credit you will have to meet the following additional requirements:
  • Take 2 written tests.
  • Write a research paper.
  • Write an essay.
Living arrangements:
  • Four to six students in a furnished apartment.
  • Apartment has kitchen, dining room, bedrooms and common area.
Administrative Info:
  • Take this course as an Independent Study Course, through your college. We will work with your faculty advisor.
  • Arrive in Hawaii January 3 depart January 20, 2006.
  • Price - $2200.00 paid to OMI. (Includes research supplies and accommodations.) This fee does not include airfare or food.
Online application form is at our website,

The Ocean Mammal Institute is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Part of your tuition may be considered a charitable contribution. Please consult your tax advisor.

Joyce O'Neal
Chief Operations Manager
Ocean Mammal Institute
P.O. Box 14422
Reading, PA 19612

Phone:  (610) 670-7387 or
toll free: (800) 226-8216


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Testimonial:  Emily Shaer

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