This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes and structures of the world’s oceans. The oceans play a major role in earth’s biogeochemical cycles, weather and climate, patterns of biodiversity, mineral and energy resources, food production, and commerce and trade. Topics such as waves and currents, plate tectonics and coastal processes, salt water chemistry, and marine ecology can easily be observed and studied from the M/V Explorer or in each port. Basic principles will be related to current issues and recent discoveries, both scientific and socio-economic. (Students should not take both this course and marine biology on the same voyage).
Field WorkCountry: Portugal
Day: 1 - Lisbon - Friday, 27 September
We will visit and compare two aquariums in Lisbon: the Vasco de Gama Aquarium, a small but charming and significant marine museum, and the Lisbon Oceanário, a modern aquarium marvel. Students will get a behind-the-scenes tour at the Oceanário and will compare the diversity and the morphological and behavioral adaptations of marine organisms on display. Then we will explore a local fish market, reflecting upon the lessons in fish diversity and fisheries learned earlier in the day [Note: we may do the fish market first, or between the two aquariums]. Finally, we will talk with a fisheries scientist about fisheries in Portugal, including their impact on Portuguese history and culture and modern day management issues. Academic Objectives: 1. To investigate the taxonomic, morphological, and behavioral diversity of fishes. 2. To relate the adaptations of fishes to the physical and ecological parameters of various marine habitats