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Environmental Science & Biotechnology

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Join Asbury professors for five days of hands-on learning, using many of the latest techniques employed in ecology, biotechnology, and conservation biology today.

Impact U Science BioTech Students capturing aquatic life

Camp Dates:

Monday – Friday, June 11 – 15, 2018
Click here for the daily schedule.


The camp is $390 per person, and includes food, lodging, and all expenses.  

What You Can Expect:

  • Sample fish populations in local habitats using electrofishing and other methods
  • Conduct DNA fingerprinting using your own DNA
  • Conduct lie detector tests
  • Collect, observe, and learn about many species of amphibians and reptiles
  • Use PCR to identify transgenes in organisms
  • Conduct DNA fingerprinting on your own DNA
  • Collect and identify many aquatic invertebrates; take home your own collection
  • Examine genetically modified fish using molecular techniques to observe the foreign gene
  • Identify and collect many reptiles and amphibians while studying basic herpetology
  • Use environmental DNA detection and identification of captured organisms based on differences in their genomic DNA sequences

About Your Instructors:

Ben Brammell - Asbury University

Ben Brammell, an associate professor at Asbury University has had a passion for biology since he was a young child, when he would wait each day school to end so that he could escape into the wild to study the flora and fauna of streams, fields and ponds. Dr. Brammell teaches ecology, environmental science, aquatic and wetland biology and other classes at Asbury and conducts research using molecular techniques to identify organisms in the environment. Dr. Brammell holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology and has been teaching at Asbury University since 2010.