Oceanography (Section 2) [CRN 77188]

Discipline: Natural Resources
Instructor: Sobey
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1540
End: 1700
Field Work: Day 2 | December 3, 2019 | Ecuador
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Explore the sea with an understanding of how the oceans work. There is no greater challenge today than repairing and saving the oceans. And, there is no better place to learn about the oceans, its life, and its future than while voyaging at sea. Each class begins with a walk on the ocean searching for signs of life, pollution, and tomorrow’s weather. On shore immersive experiences bond with learning at sea to provide you with a complete ocean experience.

To understand the ocean we delve into the forces that drive its motion, its life, and its geology. The basics were discovered years ago, but recent discoveries have rocked our understanding of the seas. We will focus on those discoveries and provide the latest research so you leave the ship fully informed.

We will travel along a route that will provide us front-row seats to see a wide variety of ecosystems and climate types. Our voyage takes us across the trade winds, the horse latitudes, the doldrums, and the equator. This route gives us the opportunity to experience diverse ocean environments from flying fish to whales.

If you are concerned with climate change and passionate about the ocean and ocean life, take this class.

Field Work

Country: Ecuador
Day: 2
Date: December 3, 2019

We explore the mangrove forests outside of Guayaquil by ocean kayak. A local naturalist leads us through the forest pointing out the several species of mangroves and how they survive in the salt water environment. We see a variety of wildlife and have the opportunity to snorkel in the waters (bring your facemask).

Learning Objectives:
1. To experience the coast environment in a visceral way
2. To learn about mangroves and their ecosystem
3. To learn the importance of mangrove communities