Ecology is the domain of interactions between life and the environment. All species depend on environmental conditions and the supply of energy and matter, and upon intricate interactions with other species. These interactions vary with locations and over time, and conceptual and quantitative approaches are fundamental to understanding ecology at all scales. Topics include the influence of energy on plant and animal physiology and fitness, competition and facilitation interactions among species, patterns and drivers of biodiversity, and dynamics of ecological systems over space and time.
Field WorkCountry: Mauritius
Date: March 12, 2017
The island of Mauritius offers an excellent opportunity to access and observe marine organisms across a gradient of environmental conditions, from shoreline to the subtidal. Because of its small size Mauritius also allow us to observe the influence of human development on the marine environment. We will visit the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI), mangroves, reefs and open ocean to observe firsthand the diversity of organisms present, their behaviors and adaptations to the marine environment. We will look for the evidence of interactions among plants, animals and their physical environments.
1. Relate physical and biological aspects of the marine environment described in lecture to a real-world setting.
2. Experience the diversity of marine organisms.
3. Learn to pose scientific hypotheses concerning the marine environment