Jim Watanabe lays out plans for a morning of experiments to undergraduate students. They will be surveying in the intertidal zone at Hopkins Marine Station.

Undergraduates survey the intertidal zone

In the spring at Hopkins Marine Station, the best low tides often occur in the early morning. For undergraduate students wanting to learn more about the plants and animals along the Monterey coast, this means waking up early, putting on warm field clothes, and walking out among the mussels, anemones, and algae. Everything is golden as the sun rises, and (hopefully!) no one is splashed by a wave.


Undergraduate students survey the intertidal zone with Mark Denny and Jim Watanabe in spring 2018. They are identifying the upper and lower tidal limits of various organisms.