BIO 435 — Coastal and Estuarine Ecology

(Same as EVS 435)

Semester hours: 4 (3R, 3L)   Offered: PS (AY)    Instructor: Schalles

Coastal and Estuarine Ecology is a 3½ week, intensive travel course. Participants experience, first-hand, the great diversity of marine ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Atlantic, and Southeastern Atlantic regions. The class will examine tropical coral reef, sea grass, and mangrove communities, barrier islands (salt marshes, beaches, mudflats), and diverse open water habitats (lagoons, bays, tidal creeks and rivers, and near-shore shelf waters). The course emphasizes physical, chemical, and biological concepts applied to coastal habitats, with an emphasis on adaptations of marine organisms to their environments, ecological relationships, sampling methods and site characterizations, and threats to coastal ecosystems. The class stays at nationally recognized oceanographic and coastal field stations in Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. The Creighton 18' Sundance Skiff and field station boats serve as work platforms and provide access to various habitats.

Prerequisites: P: One organismal-level or field course in biology, or IC

Satisfies: Lab requirement, Population/Ecology/Evolution requirement