BELFAST — Belfast Area High School students in the Marine Studies class of Lisa White and Chip Lagerbom have been doing plankton net collections down at the Belfast Town Dock and then identifying and studying the phytoplankton and zooplankton types collected.

They have also been working in the pool with the school’s ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), mastering the controls and learning how to pilot and navigate the vehicle.

Marine Studies students have also been exploring local maritime-related history and economics and ocean science in this semester-long elective.

To learn more, contact BAHS teachers Dave Thomas, Lisa White or Chip Lagerbom.

BAHS Marine Studies instructor Lisa White helps Lilly Christian collect plankton from the net she cast into Belfast Bay. Courtesy of Chip Lagerbom

With his back to the high school pool, BAHS Marine Studies student Izik Marriner takes his turn piloting the submersible ROV in the pool. Courtesy of Chip Lagerbom

ROV piloting practice faces the pilot (center) away from the pool to gain experience relying solely on instrumentation to guide the drone, while other Marine Studies students help launch, control and manage the ROV and its 100-meter tether. Courtesy of Chip Lagerbom