This course is a general course in Marine Biology. The course will introduce students to the
biological characteristics of marine life and the ecological processes that structure marine
ecosystems. The course will cover basic concepts of physical and chemical oceanography, a
description of the major types of marine communities (e.g., intertidal, subtidal, pelagic, deep-
sea, coral reefs) and discussion of the major groups of marine plants and animals that are found
in these communities. The course is also designed to help students understand and appreciate the
relationship between humans and the sea and to stress the importance of conservation efforts as
they related to the sea’s ecology and biodiversity.
Field WorkCountry: Mauritius
Day: 1 - Port Louis - 21 March
Students will visit mangroves, reefs and open ocean to observe firsthand the diversity of organisms present, their behaviors and adaptations to the marine environment. The students will look for the evidence of interactions among plants, animals and their physical environments. Academic Objectives:
- Relate concepts concerning physical and biological aspects of the marine environment described in lecture to a natural setting.
- Experience the diversity of marine organisms.
- Learn to pose scientific hypotheses concerning the marine environment.