Summer Courses

Course Credits Instructor Schedule

Graduate Spring 2022

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Advanced Marine Ecology 3 Smee T/Th (12:30-1:45 p.m.)
Applications of Tech Methods 3 Dorgan F ( 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Chemical Oceanography 4 Lehrter T,Th (9:30-11:10 a.m.)
Climate Change in Marine Ecosystems 3 Hoadley T/TH 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., online with in person option
Marine Biogeography and Evolution 3 Titus T/TH 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (Online with In Person Option)
Oceanographic Experience 1-3 Krause TBD-Field Experience
Physical Oceanography 4 Dzwonkowski M,W (12:20-2:00 pm)
Seminar 1 Bloodgood T (8a-9a)
Stable Isotope Ecology 3 Cloyed M,W (8:00-9:55 a.m.)

May Session 2022 (May 9 - May 20)

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles (2) UG/G Wibbels M-F (9A-4P)
Coastal Zone Management 2 (UG/G) Anderson M-F (9A-4P)
Coral Reef Biology and Ecology (March 1 - May 22) (4) UG/G Hoadley M-F (9A-4P)
Dolphins and Whales (2) UG Lewis M-F (9A-4P)
Ecology of the Florida Everglades (2) UG/G Stanton M-F (9A-4P)
Shark and Ray Biology (2) UG/G Drymon M-F (9A-4P)

1st Session 2022 (May 23 - June 24)

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Coastal Birds (2) UG/G Woodrey TH/F (9A- 11:30A); Lab TH (1P- 4P)
Coastal Wetlands Ecology (4) UG/G Stanton W (1P-4P) TH/F (9A - 12P); Lab TH/F (1P - 4P)
Hurricanes of the Gulf Coast (2) UG/G Bregy TH/F (9A - 11:30A); Lab TH (1P - 4P)
Intro to Oceanography (4) UG/G Krause W (1p-4p) TH/F (9A-12P); Lab TH/F (1P-4P)
Marine Biology (4) UG/G Layton M/T/W (9A-12P); Lab: M/T (1P-4P)
Marine Botany (4) UG/G Henning M/T/W (9A-12P); Lab M/T (1P-4P)
Marine Geology (4) UG/G Elliot W (1P-4P) TH/F (9A - 12P); Lab TH/F (1P - 4P)
Marine Mammals (4) UG/G Lewis M/T/W (9A - 12P); Lab M/T (1P - 4P)
Marine Restoration Ecology (2) UG/G Robertson M/T (9A-11:30A); Lab M (1P-4P)
Marine Vertebrate Zoology (4) UG/G Albins W (1P-4P), TH/F (9A-12P); Lab TH/F (1P-4P)
Plankton Biology Lab 2 (UG/G) Moss T (1P-4P), W (9A-4P)
Plankton Biology Lecture (2) UG/G Moss M (9A-4P), T (9A-11:30A)

2nd Session 2022 (June 27-July 29)

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Biotic Response to Sea Level Change (online only) (2) UG Wofford TH/F (9A-11:30A) Lab TH (1P-4P)
Environmental Applications of GIS (online only) (2) UG/G Fleming M/T (9A-11:30A) Lab M (1P-4P)
Intro to Neurobiology (July 18-August 5) (3) UG/G Strang et al. M-Sat (9A-5P)
Intro to Oceanography (4) UG/G Devlin M/T/W (9A-12P); Lab M/T (1P-4P)
Marine Aquaculture (2) UG/G Stoeckel M/T (9A -11:30A); Lab M (1P - 4P)
Marine Behavioral Ecology (4) UG/G Gier W (1P-4P) TH/F (9A-12P), Lab TH/F (1P-4P)
Marine Biology (4) UG/G Gannon M/T/W (9A-12P), Lab M/T (1P-4P)
Marine Biology (Hybrid) (4) UG/G Sprinkle W (1P-4P), TH/F (9A-12P), Lab TH/F (1P-4P)
Marine Conservation Biology (4) UG/G Stanton M/T/W (9A-12P); Lab M/T (1P-4P)
Marine Ecology (4) UG/G Dorgan W (1P-4P) TH/F (9A-12P); Lab TH/F (1P-4P)
Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4) UG/G Carmichael M/T/W (9A - 12P); Lab M/T (1P - 4P)
Marine Mammal Health (2) UG/G Bloodgood TH/F (9A-11:30A); Lab TH (1P-4P)
Marine Vertebrate Zoology (4) UG/G Baker W (1P-4P), TH/F (9A-12P); Lab TH/F (1P-4P)
Shark and Ray Biology (2) UG/G Drymon M/T (9A - 11:30A); Lab: M (1P-4P)
Tropical Marine Biodiversity - Lecture 2 (UG/G) Titus TH 1P-4P only
Tropical Marine Biodiversity- Utilas, Honduras 2 (UG/G) Titus

Biotic Response to Sea Level Change (online only)

This course is an overview of sea-level change over geologic time with an emphasis on mechanisms of change, evidence of past sea-level changes, and the impact of expected sea-level changes on the marine biosphere. Topics include: global climate change and eustasy, tectonically-forced sea-level change, epeiric seas, transgression and regression sedimentology, coastal geomorphology, and marine and coastal habitat change.

Field studies emphasize local evidence for sea-level change, habitat shift and reorganization, and human response to changing sea levels, such as community displacement, shoreline stabilization, and beach-fill nourishment. This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in the physical and biological marine sciences.

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Environmental Applications of GIS (online only)

Prerequisites: statistics or equivalent course in mathematics

This course consists of learning applied mapping and analysis with GIS and will leverage other geospatial techniques including remote sensing, geovisualization, and spatial analysis with particular emphasis on environmental applications. Students will use the knowledge acquired from readings, guided activities, and instructor demonstrations to apply GIS data including vector and raster spatial data, imagery, maps, and surface models in examinations of contemporary coastal and marine science issues. Students will be exposed to working with spatial information regarding human and natural hazards and disasters, land use and land cover, coastal monitoring, and other relevant data types. Some lecture is required, but this course will emphasize
a “hands-on” approach to learning GIS through practical assignments and projects in a computer lab and in the field. Industry-leading ArcGIS software will be used along with exposure to online and open-source technology. This course is asynchronous.

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Intro to Neurobiology (July 18-August 5)

Prerequisites: Introductory Biology.

Students will be introduced to the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of marine invertebrates and vertebrates. The following aspects of neurobiology will be covered in lectures and laboratory exercises: neurons and glia; passive properties of neurons; resting potentials; action potentials; synaptic transmission; neurotransmitters and receptors; sensory transduction; muscle innervation and contraction; sensorimotor integration; and neurophysiological bases of behavior. In addition, students will use computer simulations that allow a more in-depth exploration of cellular neurobiology than is possible in standard laboratory classes. Students will be introduced to aspects of molecular biology and its applications to neuroscience. This
class will include evening and Saturday sessions. 

The following are recommended but not required: general chemistry and general physics; or permission of the instructor.

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Intro to Oceanography

Prerequisites: Basic Science Major

This hands-on course provides students an opportunity to learn about the physics, chemistry, geology, and biology of the ocean. Students will apply this knowledge firsthand by implementing sample collection strategies on board a research vessel during cruises on Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Through class discussion of recent oceanographic discoveries and core concepts, and learning user-friendly ocean data visualization software, this course will enable students to then interpret oceanographic data collected during their cruises and to create clear and concise presentations.

Typical data collected onboard the research vessel will include hydrographic (temperature, pH, salinity, inorganic nutrients, light intensity) and biological (phytoplankton, zooplankton) variables that are collectively processed and visualized. Students should have a laptop equipped with word processing and spreadsheet software.

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Marine Aquaculture

Prerequisites: General Biology required; Ichthyology, Limnology, and Invertebrate Zoology suggested, but not required.

This course will introduce students to techniques in live animal culture with an emphasis on basic principles that can be applied to the culture of any organism for research, display, or commercial profit. Topics discussed will include water chemistry, filtration, production techniques, reproduction, and nutrition. This course is also designed to assist students with problem-solving and communication skills. 

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Marine Behavioral Ecology

Prerequisites: Introductory course that covers zoology (either vertebrate or invertebrate).

The course examines how animal behavior is influenced by and interacts with its environment, and the ecological and evolutionary significance of these behaviors in a marine setting. Students will learn principles of behavioral ecology as they relate to marine animals, become familiar with techniques for observing animal behavior and conducting behavioral experiments, and be introduced to methods for collecting and analyzing behavioral data. Snorkeling gear required.

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Marine Biology

Prerequisites: General Biology

A general survey of marine plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates, the communities they form, and the physical and chemical factors that influence them. Field trips include marsh, seagrass, and dune habitats. Sampling from research vessels and laboratory exercises will serve to introduce students to the diversity of marine habitats and organisms. Organisms will be identified using dichotomous keys. There will be overnight field trips. Snorkeling gear will be needed. 

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Marine Biology (Hybrid)

Prerequisites: General Biology

This is a five-week asynchronous Marine Biology course with an additional week in person at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for field and lab activities (August 1 through August 5). The
online portion of the course is asynchronous and does not have specific meeting times, however, assignments and activities are due on a weekly basis. Students are expected to complete work within the specific week it is assigned. Students must attend the in-person field and lab portion of the course, which starts August 1st and ends August 5th.

A general survey of marine plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates, the communities they form, and the physical and chemical factors that influence them. Field trips include marsh, seagrass, and dune habitats. Sampling from research vessels and laboratory exercises will serve to introduce students to the diversity of marine habitats and organisms. Organisms will be identified using dichotomous keys. There will be overnight field trips. Snorkeling gear will be needed.

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Marine Conservation Biology

Prerequisites: An introductory class in either marine or general ecology.

This advanced course is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. This course will explore the major threats to marine biodiversity as well as the pros and cons of the potential solutions to these threats. Students will participate in class discussions on current topics in marine conservation biology and will critically evaluate marine conservation primary literature as well as the viewpoints of the various entities involved in marine conservation issues. In addition, students will participate in field trips that support topics covered in lectures and will demonstrate the application of current principles in marine conservation. 

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Marine Ecology

Prerequisites: General Biology.

This advanced course is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The class will study marine organisms as they interact with each other and their environment, and examine ecological theories and the experimental basis of our current knowledge. The laboratory will consist of field trips to a wide variety of marine habitats and field problems which will be examined by student teams in small groups. Habitats selected for emphasis include coral reefs, kelp forests, seagrass meadows, the rocky intertidal and deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Snorkeling gear will be needed.

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Marine Invertebrate Zoology

Prerequisites: Introductory Biology or Zoology.

This course surveys the morphology, natural history, and evolutionary relationships of marine invertebrates. The course includes lectures, laboratory exercises, and extended field trips. Participation in overnight field trips is a part of this course. Snorkeling gear will be needed. 

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Marine Mammal Health

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th-year undergraduate- completion of Dolphins and Whales or Marine Mammals course; graduate student; or consent of the instructor.

The course will provide an overview of marine mammal stranding response, health assessments, and common diseases of bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and sea lions. Lectures will be focused on how marine mammals act as sentinels for ocean health, including the effects of oils spills, harmful algal blooms, and marine debris on marine mammals. This course requires participation in marine mammal necropsies, which includes hands-on dissection of carcasses, internal organs, blood, and can have foul smells. Due to the potential risk of zoonotic disease, you may not want to participate in necropsies if you are pregnant or immune-compromised.

Personal protective equipment will be available and is required. A field trip to an aquarium will provide the opportunity to see medical examinations of dolphins and sea lions, and participation in live and dead marine mammal stranding response will be available on a volunteer basis as opportunities present throughout the course.

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Marine Vertebrate Zoology

Prerequisites: Two semesters of General Biology (or equivalent) and accompanying labs.

A survey of marine fishes, reptiles, and mammals, with an in-depth comprehensive treatment of their systematics, zoogeography, and ecology. Field and laboratory work will stress the vertebrate fauna of the northern Gulf of Mexico and most of the course will be devoted to fishes. Students completing this course will: 1) have a basic understanding of the biology, ecology, physiology, and systematics of the various marine vertebrate taxa; 2) gain experience in field and lab identification of members of the various vertebrate taxa; and 3) gain experience in collecting various marine and island vertebrate taxa. 

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Shark and Ray Biology

Prerequisites: One course in General/Organismal biology (or equivalent).

This course will provide an introduction to the biology of sharks and rays, with special emphasis on regional shark fauna and field techniques. Topics to be covered include chondrichthyan origin, systematics, sensory biology, locomotion, food consumption, osmoregulation, reproductive biology, life history, ecology, fisheries and conservation. Lectures will be supplemented with discussions of papers from the primary literature to familiarize students with current research. In addition, longline and gillnet sampling will provide students with firsthand knowledge of field techniques and local shark identification. 

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Tropical Marine Biodiversity - Lecture

Interactions between species profoundly impact the behavior, formation, and distribution of marine biodiversity. Symbiotic relationships, (think Finding Nemo and the clownfish-sea anemone mutualism), represent a special type of species interaction that has formed over evolutionary timescales and is especially prevalent in tropical marine ecosystems. Over 25% of all marine biodiversity is found in shallow tropical seas, although these habitats account for only 0.1% of the seafloor. Symbiotic relationships are critical to this success and biodiversity, and no ecosystem on the planet is more conspicuously reliant on symbioses than coral reefs.

This course will explore the behavior, diversity, ecology, and evolution of tropical marine species interactions, with a particular focus on symbiotic relationships (mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism).

This hybrid in-person/online course will serve as a precursor to a 12-day field-based course that will travel to the island of Utila, part of the Bay Islands, Honduras from July 30, 2022, to August 10, 2022, to study the tropical marine biodiversity and behavior of symbiotic interactions in the Caribbean Sea. We will be staying at Coral View Beach & Dive Resort, which is uniquely situated next to a variety of diverse tropical marine habitats (coral reef, seagrass, mangrove, etc..). Coral View will provide all food and lodging, as well as snorkel equipment (if needed) and boat use for any offshore day trips. An additional course fee of $1500 will cover all transportation (airfare & ferry), food, lodging, and boat use for the 12-day course.

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Tropical Marine Biodiversity- Utilas, Honduras

Interactions between species profoundly impact the behavior, formation, and distribution of marine biodiversity. Symbiotic relationships, (think Finding Nemo and the clownfish-sea anemone mutualism), represent a special type of species interaction that has formed over evolutionary timescales and is especially prevalent in tropical marine ecosystems. Over 25% of all marine biodiversity is found in shallow tropical seas, although these habitats account for only 0.1% of the seafloor. Symbiotic relationships are critical to this success and biodiversity, and no ecosystem on the planet is more conspicuously reliant on symbioses than coral reefs.

This course will explore the behavior, diversity, ecology, and evolution of tropical marine species interactions, with a particular focus on symbiotic relationships (mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism).

This hybrid in-person/online course will serve as a precursor to a 12-day field-based course that will travel to the island of Utila, part of the Bay Islands, Honduras from July 30, 2022, to August 10, 2022, to study the tropical marine biodiversity and behavior of symbiotic interactions in the Caribbean Sea. We will be staying at Coral View Beach & Dive Resort, which is uniquely situated next to a variety of diverse tropical marine habitats (coral reef, seagrass, mangrove, etc..). Coral View will provide all food and lodging, as well as snorkel equipment (if needed) and boat use for any offshore day trips. An additional course fee of $1500 will cover all transportation (airfare & ferry), food, lodging, and boat use for the 12-day course.

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Coastal Birds

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Biology or Zoology.

This course highlights the diverse coastal birdlife of the northern Gulf of Mexico. With a focus on the study of avian ecology in the field, this class will include a significant emphasis on the use of both sight and sound as means of field identification. A variety of habitats will be explored, including barrier island nesting grounds, the Mobile-Tensaw River basin, local marshes, and other unique coastal habitats. Students will also be introduced to a variety of field ornithology techniques including bird-banding, survey techniques, and monitoring methodologies.  

Email questions to mark.woodrey@msstate.edu.

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Coastal Wetlands Ecology

Prerequisites: General Biology and Botany or Zoology.

This course will focus on coastal and nearshore wetland areas, with an emphasis on the biogeochemical processes that occur within, and issues that threaten and protect these important resources. Wetlands not only provide critical habitat for many aquatic and semi-aquatic species, they are also important for primary productivity, the transformation of nutrients, pollutant removal, as well as providing protection from storm surges and floodwaters. Insight into wetland ecology requires an understanding of the unique interactions between biology, chemistry, and hydrology. 

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Hurricanes of the Gulf Coast

This is an introductory survey course on hurricanes with an emphasis on hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. Topics include: 1) the hurricane problem along the Gulf Coast and a review of some of the infamous Gulf Coast hurricanes of the last 150 years; 2) Atlantic/Caribbean/Gulf hurricane climatology; 3) the effects of El Niño and multi-decadal changes in the Atlantic circulation on hurricane frequency; 4) favorable/unfavorable environments for hurricane development and intensification; 5) hurricane features and structure; 6) hurricane movement and steering mechanisms; 7) coastal and inland effects from landfalling Gulf Coast hurricanes; and 8) Gulf hurricane forecasting (where will the storm go and how strong will it be at landfall). 

A half-day boat trip along much of the length of Dauphin Island is planned (weather permitting) during the last week of class to inspect the impact of recent hurricanes on this barrier island.

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Intro to Oceanography

Prerequisites: Basic Science Major

This hands-on course provides students an opportunity to learn about the physics, chemistry, geology, and biology of the ocean. Students will apply this knowledge firsthand by implementing sample collection strategies on board a research vessel during cruises on Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Through class discussion of recent oceanographic discoveries and core concepts, and learning user-friendly ocean data visualization software, this course will enable students to then interpret oceanographic data collected during their cruises and to create clear and concise presentations.

Typical data collected onboard the research vessel will include hydrographic (temperature, pH, salinity, inorganic nutrients, light intensity) and biological (phytoplankton, zooplankton) variables that are collectively processed and visualized. Students should have a laptop equipped with word processing and spreadsheet software.

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Marine Biology

Prerequisites: General Biology

A general survey of marine plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates, the communities they form, and the physical and chemical factors that influence them. Field trips include marsh, seagrass, and dune habitats. Sampling from research vessels and laboratory exercises will serve to introduce students to the diversity of marine habitats and organisms. Organisms will be identified using dichotomous keys. There will be overnight field trips. Snorkeling gear will be needed. 

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Marine Botany

Prerequisites: General Biology

A general survey of marine algae (microscopic and macroscopic), as well as salt marsh vegetation, mangroves, seagrasses, and maritime forest communities. Lectures will emphasize identification, distribution, structure, ecology, and physiology. Overnight field and laboratory work is involved and may include wading and snorkeling. Snorkeling gear will be needed.

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Marine Geology

Prerequisites: Introductory Geology recommended

A study of the geology of the ocean basins, with special emphasis on the continental shelves, their sediments, and the sedimentary processes at work there with emphasis on the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Field trips will be taken to study beach processes and sediments in Mobile Bay and offshore. Students will be introduced to the following: technical writing; conducting a research project; working as a team member; data management; concepts of marine geology; critical thinking; principles of science (hypothesis testing). Participation in overnight field trips is a part of this course. 

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Marine Mammals

Prerequisites: General Biology

This course will cover the evolutionary history, taxonomy/classification, anatomy, physiology, behavior, and conservation/management issues of marine mammals (cetaceans, pinnipeds, mustelids, sirenians, and the polar bear). In addition, research methods used to study marine mammals will be taught (including field and lab techniques).

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Marine Restoration Ecology

Prerequisites: One year of undergraduate introductory science (preferably including an ecology course) or consent of the instructor.

This course will provide an overview of the scientific and technical principles of marine habitat restoration. We will discuss the role of key ecological concepts in restoration, and the role of restoration in science and society. Students will identify structural and functional components of marine habitats and learn how to design restoration projects and monitoring plans that capture these key components of structure and function. Students will learn to recognize when adaptive management may be needed, and how to formulate strategies to correct or maintain the desired trajectory of restored habitats. Students will also be introduced to the interdisciplinary nature of restoration science, including social, ethical, political, and economic aspects. Lectures will be supplemented with primary literature reading assignments. Field trips will allow students to see local restoration sites and learn monitoring techniques used in various habitats (e.g., salt marsh, oyster reef, seagrass bed). This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students. 

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Marine Vertebrate Zoology

Prerequisites: Two semesters of General Biology (or equivalent) and accompanying labs.

A survey of marine fishes, reptiles, and mammals, with an in-depth comprehensive treatment of their systematics, zoogeography, and ecology. Field and laboratory work will stress the vertebrate fauna of the northern Gulf of Mexico and most of the course will be devoted to fishes. Students completing this course will: 1) have a basic understanding of the biology, ecology, physiology, and systematics of the various marine vertebrate taxa; 2) gain experience in field and lab identification of members of the various vertebrate taxa; and 3) gain experience in collecting various marine and island vertebrate taxa.

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Plankton Biology Lab

The formal background for this class comes from the lecture section of the Plankton Biology course. This course will focus on plankton structure, behavior, and diversity estimations using physiological functions. This course involves the development of a research project examining some of the following: behavior, symbiosis, structure, function, and diversity analyses. ($200 fee for SEM scanning electron microscopy).

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Plankton Biology Lecture

Prerequisites: Principles of Biology, Organismal Biology or equivalent.

This course will examine all classes of plankton: microbial; phytoplankton; and zooplankton, including the ‘gelata’, copepods, and planktonic larvae. Students will experience coastal and at-sea trips to collect plankton. The plan is to have one at-sea trip during the day; the other at night. Students will identify plankton, learn how to assay plankton populations using classic filtration and modern imaging, and molecular methods. We will discuss invasive species, the microbial loop, ‘Jelly World’, anthropogenic impact on phyto- and zooplankton, and the mechanisms and implications of explosive jellyfish blooms and HABs. We will also cover collection and analysis methods. We will examine ‘hot’ new research papers each week in a journal club-type session. Each student will keep a detailed notebook, give a ten-minute presentation on his/her favorite planktonic organism, and a report and presentation on a research project with that organism. A text is required (Johnson/Allen) and an optional recommended but very helpful and beautiful visual text (Sardet) is suggested. Scientific papers will be referenced; additional identification manuals will be made available. 

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Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles

Prerequisites: Introductory course in Biology

This introductory course will provide an overview of the biology and conservation of marine turtles. Topics to be covered include the identification, distribution, nesting behavior, migratory behavior, feeding ecology, population biology and genetics, developmental habitats, temperature-dependent sex determination, paleontology and conservation of marine turtles. Students will obtain a detailed knowledge of sea turtle biology; gain an understanding of why many sea turtle species have become endangered; and how proper management has allowed some populations to recover. The course will culminate with an overnight, multi-day field trip to sea turtle nesting beaches and foraging grounds in the southeastern U.S. The class will
also visit sea turtle research and rehabilitation facilities. The overnight field trip will provide students with the opportunity to observe loggerhead, green, and leatherback turtles in their natural habitats.

*Special fees apply and will be determined based on enrollment (approximately $625.00, meals not included). A trip deposit (1/2) will be due on March 06, 2021, with the remaining portion due on April 29, 2021. The fee is nonrefundable unless the class is canceled. 

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Coastal Zone Management

A review of ecological features and of management policies for coastal communities with a description of relevant federal and state programs. This introductory level course examines the various aspects of coastal zone management in the United States by: 1) examining the major substantive and procedural aspects of specific laws and regulations which govern activity in the coastal zone environment and processes; and 2) examining how coastal environments and processes affect specific management issues of the zone.

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Coral Reef Biology and Ecology (March 1 - May 22)

Prerequisites: 2 semesters of general biology or equivalent required, general ecology course recommended.

This course will explore the ecology and evolution of coral reef communities, with a view to understanding what is happening on reefs today. This 4 credit course will begin with online course lectures beginning on March 1, followed by a two-week trip to the Florida Keys. The online portion of the course will be self-paced (with some online discussions) and cover energy flow across reefs, biogeochemical cycling important for continual reef development, microbial Interactions that govern the flow of carbon and nitrogen through coral reefs, and current threats from climate change. The online portion must be completed by May 1.

Students will then spend May 7 - 22 in the Florida Keys, carrying out short experimental projects and exploring various coral reef and mangrove systems.

There is no assigned textbook and most readings will be research articles and posted prior to the lecture. 

*Special fees apply and will be determined by the number of participants in the course (approximately $1000.00). A trip deposit (1/2) is due on March 08, 2022, with the remaining portion due on April 29, 2022. The fee is nonrefundable unless the class is canceled. Email questions to khoadley@disl.edu.

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Dolphins and Whales

Prerequisites: General Biology

This class will be an introduction to the biology of cetaceans (toothed and baleen whales). Topics covered will include evolution, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, genetics, behavior, and conservation-related to species within this Order. Lab exercises will introduce current methods used in cetacean research.
 

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Ecology of the Florida Everglades

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Biology, Zoology, or Botany.

This course examines the natural history and ecology of the world’s rarest and most endangered wilderness area. The course will consist of a week of lectures and discussions focusing on the history, geology, hydrology, and biota of this system, and then a week of field exploration to examine the Everglades and associated systems. The field component will consist of excursions and tent camping in several Florida State Parks. As such, participants should bring appropriate gear and be prepared to actively and cheerfully participate.

*Special fees apply and will be determined by the number of participants in the course (approximately $625.00). A trip deposit (1/2) is due on March 08, 2022, with the remaining portion due on April 29, 2022. The fee is nonrefundable unless the class is canceled. Email questions to lstanton@uwa.edu.

Please view our video of the 2014 class. 
 

The Ecology of the Florida Everglades, Summer 2014 from Trois Clare on Vimeo.

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Shark and Ray Biology

Prerequisites: One course in general/organismal biology (or equivalent).

This course will provide an introduction to the biology of sharks and rays, with special emphasis on regional shark fauna and field techniques. Topics to be covered include chondrichthyan origin, systematics, sensory biology, locomotion, food consumption, osmoregulation, reproductive biology, life history, ecology, fisheries and conservation. Lectures will be supplemented with discussions of papers from the primary literature to familiarize students with current research. In addition, longline and gillnet sampling will provide students with firsthand knowledge of field techniques and local shark identification. 

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Advanced Marine Ecology

Prerequisites: Introductory ecology or marine ecology course

This graduate level course will improve your understanding of ecological processes by building upon the foundations provided in introductory ecology classes.  Emphasis will be placed on the mechanisms that control the distribution of plants and animals at scales ranging from the individual organism to the ecosystem.  Assigned readings from the scientific literature will cover the entire range of marine habitats and will reflect recent thinking on the major concepts and problems in ecological theory.

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Applications of Tech Methods

Technological literacy is becoming increasingly important in marine science. This project-based course will introduce students to tools and techniques for developing ocean instrumentation. Students will design and implement technology-based projects. MAS 590 is available to Masters students, MAS 690 is available to Ph.D. students.

This course will provide an introduction to different methods of sensing the ocean, including building and testing simple sensors, e.g., temperature and light, using Arduino microcontrollers and software, use of instruments to collect high-resolution data, and some background on how technology has led to key advances in marine science. The course will be primarily project-based, with students learning basic skills through small projects then developing a larger project with application to education, public outreach, or a specific research question.

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Chemical Oceanography

Prerequisites: Admission to graduate program in Marine Science.

An in-depth examination of the chemistry of seawater and its relationship with biological, geological and physical processes in the oceans. Coverage of seawater composition, buffering capacity, redox potential, and photochemistry will form the basis for an in-depth analysis of the dynamic equilibria of gases, organic materials, nutrients and trace elements in the sea.

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Climate Change in Marine Ecosystems

Prerequisites: Undergraduate: Introductory courses in genetics, ecology, and cell and molecular (or institutional equivalents; minimum grades of C-) or permission of instructor. Graduate: should have a basic background in genetics and evolution.

Climate change impacts are becoming increasingly frequent within marine ecosystems. This course will explore various marine ecosystems and how environmental impacts (high temperature, nutrients, ocean acidification) are changing the ecology and functional stability of the organisms found within them. Specifically, we will explore coral reefs, the deep sea, open ocean, arctic and coastal ecosystems. Microbial communities and their importance within these ecosystems (and subsequent response to climate change) will also be a central focus of this course. Modern research tools that are central to climate change investigations will also be discussed.   

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Marine Biogeography and Evolution

Prerequisites: Undergraduate: Introductory courses in genetics, ecology, and evolution (or institutional equivalents; minimum grades of C-) or permission of instructor. Graduate: should have a basic background in genetics and evolution

Although evolution isn't a fundamentally different process in the ocean than it is on land, key differences exist between marine and terrestrial environments that can lead to differences in the mode and tempo of how biodiversity is generated and maintained across geographic space. In this course we will compare and contrast evolutionary processes between marine and terrestrial environments, with a special focus on the origin of marine biodiversity hotspots, the relative contributions of allopatric and sympatric speciation, gene flow, and effective population sizes. This course will include a hands-on field component at Dauphin Island Sea Lab where we will visit and snorkel around hard bottom habitats and offshore natural gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Oceanographic Experience

Requirements: Cruises are available only on an ad hoc basis so permission of instructor is required. This course is 1 - 3 credits based on the instructor.

This course provides students with practical skills involved in oceanographic research. Skills may include hydrographic, hydroacoustic and organismic sampling, gear deployment and use of analytical instrumentation at sea. Students participate in one or more oceanographic cruises during a semester and carry out a defined project using research tools available on the ship. A final report on the project forms the major part of the course grade. Cruises are available only on an ad hoc basis so permission of instructor is required.

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Physical Oceanography

Requirements: Admission to the graduate program in Marine Sciences.

Physical properties and circulation of the worlds oceans. Topics to be covered include: basic physical laws; properties of heat, water, and salt budgets; waves; tides; large and small scale circulations; sea-level fluctuations; interactions of the sea with the atmosphere and land masses; light and acoustics.

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Seminar

Students and faculty meet weekly in an interactive discussion of current literature in marine sciences. The focus will be on state-of-the-art theories and methodologies as they occur in the primary marine literature in pursuit of the research degree, students will learn to critically review the approaches, analyses, and interpretations of scientific research with the tutelage of the faculty. This seminar will link the inter-disciplinary components of the students and faculty in a stimulating and interactive manner.

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Stable Isotope Ecology

An in-depth tutorial exposure to specific areas in the marine sciences. Credit and title will be arranged to examine the subject matter in an area of current interest to one or group of students. 

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