Oceanography (Section 2) [CRN 27395]

Discipline: Natural Resources
Instructor: McConnico
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 0800
End: 0920
Field Work: Day 1 | March 18, 2019 | South Africa
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

What better way to study the oceans than directly from a vessel transiting three of the four principle ocean basins? This unique shipboard classroom allows students to discover the interconnected nature of the world’s ocean using their own daily observations. First-hand lab and field experiences, and classroom discussions will be employed to explore the interdisciplinary nature of oceanography. The physical (waves, tides, currents), chemical (salinity, ocean acidification, nutrients), geological (sediments, bathymetry, plate tectonics) and biological components (habitats, organisms) of the ocean realm will be investigated, as well as human impacts to the marine environment. Understanding oceanographic principles is essential to deciphering the ocean’s role in climate regulation, pollution impacts to the marine system, species declines and invasions, sustainable fisheries, resource protection and more. Students will hone critical thinking skills and apply knowledge acquired on the MV World Odyssey to the coastal countries they visit, which are dependent on a healthy marine ecosystem.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 1
Date: March 18, 2019

Students will explore the Two Oceans Aquarium and learn about the distinct oceanographic conditions associated with the Atlantic and Indian oceans bordering South Africa. A behind the scenes tour of the aquarium and talk by Aquarium Staff/ Researchers regarding local conservation efforts is also included.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Compare the oceanographic conditions and organisms associated with the Indian and Atlantic Ocean.
  2. Observe species unique to South Africa and investigate conservation efforts.
  3. Gain an understanding marine biodiversity in South Africa.