BIO461 Marine Biology Field Studies

Course Description

Survey of marine habitats for fish species identification and quantification; survey of marine mammal (dolphins and manatees) ecology and behavior; identification of sea turtle species nesting and ecology; assessment of sea grass health and species identification; coral identification and health; ecosystem health and methods of monitoring. Species list composition, biopsying techniques, and basics of biological field work. Taught in a field laboratory in Turneffe Atoll, Belize; requires international travel. Contact instructor for approval and additional requirements.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the different approaches and techniques to problem solving in the field of Marine Biology.
  • Analyze the relationships among physical and chemical properties of seawater such as salinity, temperature, density and dissolved oxygen as they relate to ecosystem health.
  • Apply different laboratory techniques in the collection and preservation of marine bacteria, phytoplankton, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates.
  • Apply knowledge of invertebrate taxonomy, habitat and ethology.
  • Evaluate appropriate survey techniques in the analysis of different marine ecosystems and vertebrate fauna.