This program focuses on learning the identity and evolutionary relationships of marine organisms and marine conservation biology. Marine environments support an extremely diverse group of autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms, which together comprise an important fraction of Earth’s biodiversity. In Winter quarter we will focus on invertebrate biology, marine botany, conservation biology, and marine paleontology. In Spring quarter, we will continue to study marine conservation and paleontology and add the biology and behavior of marine vertebrates, including fishes, birds, and mammals.
Winter quarter will be completely remote. We will use online resources like video transects and virtual dives on the Great Barrier Reef and some at-home lab exercises to familiarize students with marine habitats and organisms. Students will attend Zoom lectures, workshops, and seminars and weekly, short presentations by students will offer opportunities to focus on the conservation biology or paleontology of particular species or ecological communities. In Spring, pending approval of in-person labs, students will learn fundamental laboratory and field techniques including the use of available microscopy facilities (light and scanning electron microscopes). Remote-only students will use a variety of online and other electronic resources including aquarium webcams, photo-quadrats, and the above-mentioned virtual dives on the Great Barrier Reef to look at vertebrate behavior and marine ecology. Workshops on the statistical analysis of biodiversity will provide a quantitative aspect to our work throughout both quarters. Students will be expected to design and carry out a final project in Spring quarter that ties into program themes and makes use of the skills and concepts learned in class and that incorporates a significant quantitative element.
To successfully complete this program students need access to a computer and reliable internet. Students should expect to spend 8-10 hours per week in synchronous meetings using Zoom, Canvas, and shared document platforms such as Google Docs.
Two quarters (8 credits) of college-level general biology with labs, and one quarter (4 credits) of college-level general chemistry with lab.
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marine science, conservation biology, environmental science, and other life sciences
$50 fee in winter for a lab kit and $100 fee in spring for a field kit. Kits will be mailed to students.
32 upper division science credits are available to students who meet all program expectations including good attendance and participation in class activities, submitting work on time, and meeting all the objectives of the class assignments