Interrelationships among animals, plants, and physical and chemical aspects of the environment will be studied, with stress on adaptations for survival, which are unique to the marine environment. Prerequisites: One semester of college-level biology.
Course Goals and Objectives
This is a field course where we will investigate marine and coastal ecosystems (estuaries, saltmarshes, seagrass beds, tidal creeks, bays, coves, barrier islands, beaches, intertidal zones). Someone, somewhere, at some time said that we learn best by doing (i.e., hands-on experiences) and courses like this are a magnificent marriage of talk and action. Everyone should expect to work together and, with everyone bringing different past experiences and skills, respect what each has to offer the group. Students in this course will:
- Apply ecological theory to the study of the structure and dynamics of marine ecosystems
- Integrate ecological responses across different levels of biological organization to describe adaptations to the environment
- Gain experience with ecological field methods and materials
- Develop quantitative skills through design and analysis of ecological experiments
Students achievement will be measured in written exams that test over lectures, lab reports that evaluate experimental applications of theory, and student experiments that assess student ability to originate an experiment.