Applied Coastal Ecology field studies

At Coast Mountain College we are always exploring new ways to move our courses into the field.  Our rugged geography and variable climates enhance our classrooms.

Applied Coastal Ecology

Located at our Prince Rupert campus, our students explore the surrounding coastal ecology to gain field-work experience preparing them for careers in sustainability, ecology, fish and wildlife preservation and so much more! Learn more.

Explore. Learn. Protect.

Our Applied Coastal Ecology diploma program is enhanced with applied research opportunities and various community projects on the coast of beautiful British Columbia. Apply today!

Digby Island field day

In January 2019 students participated in a collaborative field day on Digby Island, across the harbour from Prince Rupert.

All students participated in a clam biomass survey with ACE instructor Natasha Lebedick, while the Geography 204 students collected additional geographic data. These students, with the help of Geography 150 students, used GPS units to collect latitude and longitude coordinates for each of the clam survey sites.

Students also used the ACE boat to travel around the near-shore area to collect depth data using the boat's navigation system. Additionally, several students determined elevation values of the survey sites using the rod and level surveying technique.

Once all the data were collected, the Geography 204 students collated and analyzed the data using ArcGIS software and produced the following maps illustrating the clam biomass of the area, as well as the contour information of the near-shore area.

Watch our student spotlight video to see it all in action!


ACE project work

Study the coastal ecosystems of northern British Columbia

Feel the fresh ocean air at our Prince Rupert campus where students like Chevy Alexander hop in the boat to explore our nearby coastal ecologies. Field experiences and community-based projects prepare you for careers in the sustainable management of natural resources and environmental technologies.

ACE student spotlight

Applied Coastal Ecology student Leah Naglis chose to study at Coast Mountain College to get to know the local environment and be prepared to work locally after finishing her program.

Study science in Prince Rupert

Two years of university-level science courses are designed to transfer to degree programs at other universities in the province and around the world. Apply today! 

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