Estuarine and Marine Benthos-OCN- 41/5104
Instructor: E. A. Irlandi
Office phone: 321-674-7454
Office: Marine Benthic Ecology Lab--Link Building Room 223
Office hours: By appointment
Text: Marine Community Ecology (Bertness, editor)
This course incorporates lecture and lab activities to provide an introduction to the
physical and biological processes that influence estuarine and marine benthic communities
ranging from the deep ocean to intertidal regions. In addition to the text, participants will be exposed to classic and recent readings in the primary literature.
A strong field/lab component will include a variety of techniques for characterizing the physical
and biological components of a wide range of benthic habitats. Emphasis will be made on understanding
the processes that structure benthic communities.
- Lab Reports (4) 50%
- Midterm Exam 25%
- Final Exam 25%
Tentative Lecture and Lab Schedule
- Week 1 Introduction to concepts in ecology
- Week 2 High energy sandy shores
- Week 3 Larval ecology
- Week 4 Rocky intertidal
- Week 5 Rocky intertidal cont.
- Week 6 Rocky subtidal
- Week 7 Deep sea
- Week 8 Deep Sea cont.
- Week 9 Spring Break
- Week 10 Seagrass systems
- Week 11 Seagrass systems cont.
- Week 12 Intertidal vegetated habitats marsh/mangroves
- Week 13 Intertidal vegetated habitats cont.
- Week 14 Intertidal vegetated habitats cont.
- Week 15 Soft sediment unvegetated, subtidal
- Week 16 Soft sediment unvegetated, subtidal cont.
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