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Field study semester

Unlike a traditional semester in which students take several courses simultaneously, Ohio Northern University field semester students spend weeks on just one topic. This semester in the Department of Biological and Allied Health Science is comprised of four three-week modules on field botany, field invertebrate, ichthyology and marine biology. Students taking the class travel explore Ohio and spend time in Florida studying specimens in the Gulf of Mexico.

From left, junior Colin Light, senior Christine Errett, junior Sophie Beery, junior Lauren Govekar, junior Connor Ney, senior Stephanie Drellishak and senior Rody Seballos stand along the shore in Florida.

From left, senior Stephanie Drellishak, junior Sophie Beery, junior Lauren Govekar, senior Christine Errett and senior Rody Seballos capture fish in the Mohican River near Brinkhaven, Ohio.

Field study students captured, measured and released fish in the Mohican River near Brinkhaven, Ohio.

Junior Lauren Govekar and senior Rody Seballos measure fish captured in the Mohican River near Brinkhaven, Ohio.

Robert Verb, associate professor of biological sciences, talks with field study students at the Wetlands Restoration Research Project lands south of Ohio Northern University.

Students taking the Ohio Northern University Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences field semester visited the Wetlands Restoration Research Project lands south of Ohio Northern University.

From left, junior Connor Ney, senior Christine Errett and junior Sophie Beery look at a seahorse being held by senior Stephanie Drellishak while studying in Florida.

Junior Sophie Beery investigates the organisms on the beach in Florida.

Students board a boat at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab.

Katherine Krynak, assistant professor of biology, and senior Christine Errett talk about procedures on the boat in Florida.

A pufferfish pulled from the Gulf of Mexico sits on the boat.

Katherine Krynak, assistant professor of biology, walks along the beach in Florida.

Junior Lauren Govekar holds a crab found on the beach in Florida.

From left, Katherine Krynak, assistant professor of biology, senior Rody Seballos and junior Colin Light look to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.

Students discuss a research paper around the fire during "Science and S’mores," an event that combines the classic campfire food and discussions on research papers.

Junior Lauren Govekar leads discussion among students from Wakulla Middle School in Crawfordville, Fla., during a field trip to Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.

Junior Sophie Beery speaks with James S. Dunbar, board chair of Aucilla Research Institute, during a trip to Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Dunbar is doing research in the park.

Junior Connor Ney and senior Stephanie Drellishak use a kick net along the shore in Florida.

Junior Lauren Govekar shows Katherine Krynak, assistant professor of biology, a photo she took of a sea turtle in Florida.

Junior Connor Ney writes in his field journal.

Senior Rody Seballos looks out across the water.

Senior Stephanie Drellishak examines samples. After their trip to the Gulf of Mexico, students examined bacteria collected from crabs in Florida.

Junior Lauren Govekar helps record data. After their trip to the Gulf of Mexico, students examined bacteria collected from crabs in Florida.