Tara Duffy looked on as a handful of her students waded through tidal pools at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts, searching for algae and invertebrate creatures. It was a sunny day in February, with the kind of weather that arrives in New England to remind you to keep the faith, spring is just around the corner.
Duffy and her students, all part of the Three Seas Program at Northeastern University, were making the most of the mild weather on Tuesday to do the kind of hands-on learning the program is known for. They dissected squid in a lab that housed half as many students as usual—a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by allowing for more distance between people. Then, they went outside to inspect the tidal pools along the coast. Everyone was wearing a mask (and some people were wearing two).
“This year we’ve been working really hard to figure out ways for students to get in as much lab work as possible so that they can get the full experience of this program,” said Duffy, associate teaching professor of marine and environmental sciences who was leading a course on marine invertebrate zoology and botany on this particular day.
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