This course focuses on the biology of marine systems, emphasizing field experiences and hands-on activities. It begins with basic physical characteristics of the world’s oceans and the basic processes of life. It then covers diversity of life in marine systems, a survey of marine habitats, and discussion of human impacts on marine systems.
Physical and chemical aspects of estuarine and marine ecosystems and environments. Functional adaptations of marine organisms and the role of man and society on the ecosystems. Includes field trips to local environments with an emphasis on impacted environments and their relation to societal activity and policy.
Instructors: Kathy Reinsel & Jim Welch