Factors that influence the distribution, abundance, and diversity of marine organisms, including a survey of the major flora and fauna in the marine environment. Topics include physical characteristics of marine systems, adaptation to environment, species interactions, biogeography, larval recruitment, and biodiversity and conservation of communities found in rocky shores, tidal flats, beaches, marshes, mangrove, coral reefs, and subtidal areas. Lectures, field excursions, lab exercises and an independent project. Taught in Beaufort at Duke Marine Lab. Taught fall, spring, and summer; spring semester offering requires travel to Caribbean. Prerequisite: AP biology, introductory biology, or instructor consent; not open to students who have taken Biology 773LA. Instructor: Silliman