Distribution and density of marine and semi-terrestrial tropical invertebrate populations; behavioral and mechanical adaptations to physical stress, competition, and predation using rapid empirical approaches and hypothesis testing. Offered only at Beaufort, with preparation for fieldwork before...Instructor:
August 28- December 16, 2017
Graduate Fall Courses
Sources, fate, and effects of organic, inorganic, and particulate pollutants in the marine environment. Topics include oil spills, coastal eutrophication, marine debris, harmful algae, sewage contamination, dredging, and emerging contaminants. Methods for measuring pollution in the marine...Instructor:
The 21st century has brought additional scientific information about the impacts of ocean noise on marine animals, from invertebrates to fish to turtles to mammals. We will review and discuss the latest scientific information about the effects of noise, or the lack thereof, on marine animals. We...Instructor:
Discusses patterns of abundance, diversity and activity of organisms in major ocean ecosystems. Identifies major physical, chemical and ecological processes that affect these patterns, and analyzes impact of biology on ecosystems. Uses a ‘flipped’ classroom for enhanced development of quantitative...
This course explores the science of climate change focusing on marine ecosystems and inhabitants - specifically ocean acidification, warming and sea level rise. Students will learn about factors causing climate change, and how those vary spatially, focusing on sensitive polar ecosystems and marine...Instructor:
Sensory physiological principles with emphasis on visual and chemical cues. Laboratories will use behavior to measure physiological processes. 4 units.Instructor:
Ecology, social organization, behavior, acoustic communication, and management issues. Focused on marine mammals in the southeastern United States (for example, bottlenose dolphin, right whale, West Indian manatee).Instructor:
Formal study of policy and policy-making concerning the coastal marine environment. History of specific marine-related organizations, legislation, and issues and their effects on local, regional, national, and international arenas. Topics explored through use of theoretical and methodological...
This course will serve as an introduction to the analysis of marine metapopulations and metapopulation connectivity. Topics covered will include metapopulation theory and its application to marine organisms, applied research and management of marine metapopulations, and statistical approaches to...
Addresses topics of relevance to the professional development of PhD students in the Marine Science Conservation program. Topics addressed include: the nature of inter-disciplinary research, critical reading, grant writing, communicating results to the public, mentoring students, and preparing...Instructor:
Provide training in more advanced skills such as: GIS database programming, modeling applications, spatial decision support systems and Internet map server technologies. The course requires a fundamental knowledge of geospatial analysis theory, analysis tools, and applications. Taught in Durham.Instructor:
Analysis of environmental time-series and other data sets. Topics include discrete sampling issues, data rejection and interpolation, coordinate rotations and principal axes, curve fits, regression, error and propagation of uncertainty, bootstrapping, filtering, spectral analysis, harmonic analysis...Instructor:
PhD-level reading seminar to review current literature in marine biology focusing on basic ecological principles. Course will satisfy the "Current Topics" requirement in the Marine Biology track of the Marine Science and Conservation Ph.D. degree. Students will rotate presenting primary literature...Instructor:
Survey course of main theories and methods used by scholars to understand how collective action problems and different institutional arrangements affect how common-pool resources and public goods are governed. Students are asked to design a project that incorporates some of the concepts and...Instructor: