Marine Ecology, BIO 4720
Dr. R. van Woesik
Monday-Wed-Friday 12:00 - 12:50 pm (Room 130)
Labs: Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday 2-5 pm (Room 107)
1) Students must attend weekly labs and submit lab reports to Teaching Assistants.
2) Students must submit a proposal (before March 4, 2011) and a term paper (a scientific manuscript) on a research topic of choice (subject to my approval).
3) One final exam (at the end of the course).
4) All students are required to attend lectures and associated activities.
•32% Laboratory reports (8 labs @ 4% each lab).
•12% Two essays (6% each) based on biweekly themes (Essay on theme (i) A, B, C, and (ii) D, E, F, or G.
•36% Term paper (subdivided into two components: 6% for proposal, and 10% for final poster presentation, and 20% for the term paper).
20% Final Exam.
We will adopt
the Florida Institute of Technology grading system.
The Term Paper
The term paper will be equivalent to a scientific publication. I want students to follow the format of the international journal Coral Reefs. Information can be found at the following website, click on 'Coral Reefs instructions to authors':
or download the pdf here
The term paper should be submitted to me electronically.
Part A. Ecological and Evolutionary Principles
- Defining ecology & evolution
- Sampling and spatial patterns
- Steady-state and energetics
- Evolution & natural selection
Part B. Ocean Processes
- Physical and chemical properties of the ocean
- Light & seasonality
- Nutrients & primary production
- Currents & circulation
- Tides & Waves
Part C. Adaptation to the Ocean
- Life in fluids
- Trade-offs & life-history strategies
- Acclimation & Adaptation
- Reproduction & fecundity
- Dispersal, migration & connectivity
- Recruitment & post-settlement selection
Part D. Marine Populations & Ecosystems
- Population dynamics
- Assemblages & Diversity
- Biogeographic distributions
- Tracking interactions (isotopes)
Part E. Marine Environments
- Coral Reefs
- Oceanic and deep sea
- Estuaries & Mangroves
- Palaeo-marine habitats (Aronson)
- Soft sediments (Aronson)
- Polar environments (Aronson)
Part F. Human Impacts
- Shifting baselines & depletion of fish stocks
- Eutrophication & harmful algal blooms
- Invasive species
- Terrestrial discharge
- Global climate change
Part G. Conservation & Management
- Marine Reserves & networks
- Genetics & conservation
- Case study 1 - the Great Barrier Reef
- Case study 2 - the Florida Keys
- Case study 3 - Asia & the Pacific