The water confined in an aquarium is definitely
the best model of what could happen if our oceans became unbalanced.
Unfortunately, many fish in the world end up being the sole
indicators of water-quality degradation, only because their
friendly owners remain clueless about it. This is not only
the case for tiny aquariums but sometimes also for aquaculture
farms or even coastal environments. While anybody can make
mistakes, the role of a scientist is to limit possible disasters
by learning from errors, increasing knowledge about the factors
involved, and teaching the lessons learned to the new generations.
The aquaculture course offered by HPU affiliate Oceanic Institute not only reveals
the secrets of 40 years of expertise in research applied to responsible aquaculture,
but also teaches the fundamental basics of water quality. From a large overview
of atoms, water molecular states, and nitrogen and phosphorus cycles to the demonstration
of the more user-friendly nature of the metric system, these lectures prepare
the students to probe and monitor various environments from natural to man-made
The next step, to improve technical knowledge and to get hands-on specific methodologies,
is obviously an internship at Oceanic Institute’s Analytical Service Laboratory.
With more than 25 water quality parameters, basic proximate analyses, and essential
microbiology indicators of healthy biotopes, ASL offers a complete asset of crucial
water quality measurements. Results are reported for ongoing interdepartmental
experiments, specific external studies, or environmental monitoring and expertise
For internship opportunities, contact Gary Karr, director of communications and
education, at 259-3146.