Marine Conservation Biology

Discipline: Biology
Instructor: Genovese
Credits: 3
Day: null
Start: 0800
End: 0915
Field Work: Day 1 - Antalya - Wednesday, 3 July | Turkey
Prerequisites: Introductory Biology Download Syllabus

After presenting an overview of the core human-induced drivers of environmental change affecting marine ecosystems, and a broad survey of the marine life impacted by this degradation, this course will examine the major environmental issues facing marine ecosystems worldwide, and will use specific case studies from the Mediterranean Sea to illustrate these topics, among which include: coastal development, marine pollution, invasive species, overfishing, climate change, and ocean acidification.

Field Work

Country: Turkey
Day: 1 - Antalya - Wednesday, 3 July

July 3 (Antalya, Turkey) The Field Lab will introduce students to the variety of issues in Marine Conservation Biology, with a focus on the Antalyan marine ecosystem.  We will visit 4-5 separate locations:

  1.  The Antalya Aquarium to survey the organisms with special attention to life history strategies, trophic level, status and threats to population health.
  2. A local fish market to survey organisms for the same parameters listed above (#1), plus any information that can be gathered on sourcing (wild vs. farmed, local vs. distant)
  3. The fishing port to survey the local fishing fleet to determine the species fished, and the gear types employed.
  4. The local waste-treatment plant to understand how sewage and runoff are transferred to the marine environment
  5. Snorkeling in (or intertidal survey of) a near-shore beach habitat to survey and assess the health of the benthic community.
You will make field notes on your observations at each site, along with supporting photographs as appropriate. In our next class we will have a Field Lab debriefing where we will discuss how our observations relate to the broad themes in Marine Conservation Biology discussed in class. These observations will provide a baseline against which comparative observations at subsequent ports of call can be made. Academic Objectives:
  1. After completing this Field Lab, participants will understand how global issues in marine conservation biology are expressed on a local scale.
  2. Participants will connect the experience to course concepts through a written journal supplemented by a annotated photo log.
  3. This Field Lab will provide students with a baseline by which they can make comparative observations at subsequent ports of call.