Marine Biology (section 1)

1559-501:
Discipline: Biology
Instructor: Abel
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1045
End: 1200
Field Work: Day 1- Piraeus - Sunday, 14 July | Greece
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course is an introduction to organisms living in saltwater ecosystems. Topics include in-depth studies of marine ecosystems and organisms (especially those of the Mediterranean and adjacent seas), including physiology, behavior, and ecology. Emphases will be placed on marine environmental issues and the adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms of organisms that allow them to occupy marine habitats. Field labs and practica include trips to local habitats, aquaria, seafood markets, and/or fishing fleets.

Field Work

Country: Greece
Day: 1- Piraeus - Sunday, 14 July

July 14 (Piraeus, Greece) Sea turtles are among the most threatened animals on the planet. In the Mediterranean, the most significant threats are intentional head hits by speedboats, entanglement in fishing nets, and swallowing hooks. Moreover, climate change looms extremely large as a threat. Fortunately, there are people who care and take intelligent, effective action, and we will visit one such major force for protecting these magnificent beasts: the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre (STRC) located in Athens. This facility belongs to ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece. Established in 1983, ARCHELON aims to protect sea turtles and their habitats in Greece. Their work includes monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, restoring habitats, educating the public, and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles. We will observe turtles in the facility, talk with volunteers and experts, and learn about the biology, ecology, and conservation of these endangered species. Academic Objectives: Students will visit the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre (STRC) and

  1. Identify sea turtles in the Centre and learn their scientific names
  2. Become familiar with the threats facing sea turtles
  3. Learn aspects of the biology and ecology of sea turtles
  4. Describe adaptations of sea turtles
  5. Observe behavior of captive organisms
  6. Observe methods of turtle rehabilitation
  7. Observe and learn about the Centre’s work, which includes monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, restoring habitats, educating the public, and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles.
  8. Discuss what they observed during their visit