Graduate Class List/Schedule

Graduate Fall 2017

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Anthropogenic Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems 3 Cebrian & Heck Pre-term Jul-Aug
Biological Oceanography 4 Krause M, W (1:25 - 3:15)
Chemical Oceanography 4 Kiene M, W (9:05-11:00)
Environmental Toxicology 3 Robertson M,W (1:25-2:45)
Marine Trophic Processes 3 Cebrian T (9:30-12:30)
Ocean Variability and Global Change 3 Kiene T (2:00-4:00)
Oceanographic Experience 1-3 Kiene TBA-Field Experience
Oceanography and Marine Biology 3 Powers T, Th (3:30-5:00)
Seminar 1 Lehrter F (9:00-10:00)

Graduate Spring 2018

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Geological Oceanography 3 TBA M,W (1:25-3:15)
Marine Resource Management 3 Lehrter M, W (3:35-5:00)
Marine Restoration Ecology 3 Powers T, Th (3:35-5:00)
Oceanographic Experience 1-3 Kiene TBA-Field Experience
Physical Oceanography 4 Dzwonkowski M,W (9:05-11:00)
Physiology and ecology of marine microalgae 3 Krause T, Th, (2:00-3:15)
Scientific Communication 3 Carmichael T (9:-30-12:30)
Sediment Biogeochemistry 3 Mortazavi F (1:25-4:25)
Seminar 1 Cebrian F (8:00-9:00)
Special Topics: Marine Sediment Ecology 3 Dorgan T, Th (3:35-5:00)

Geological Oceanography

Geological oceanography or "marine geology" is a broad subject dealing with components of mineralogy, sedimentology, geophysics, and plate tectonics. 

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Marine Resource Management

Requirements: Admission to the graduate program in Marine Sciences.

Designed to acquaint graduate students concerned with management of marine resources; development of legislation, evolution of policy, legal processes, impacts on human resources. The emphases will be placed on living resources.

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Marine Restoration Ecology

Prerequisites: One year of undergraduate introductory science (preferably including an ecology course) and or consent of the instructor.

This course, designed for undergraduate and graduate students, will provide an overview of the scientific and technical principles of marine habitat restoration. We will discuss the role of key ecological concepts in restoration, and the role of restoration in science and society. Students will identify structural and functional components of marine habitats and learn how to design restoration projects and monitoring plans that capture these key habitat components. Lectures will be supplemented with primary literature reading assignments and field trips to various restored habitats (e.g., salt marsh, oyster reef, seagrass bed).

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Oceanographic Experience

Requirements: Cruises are available only on an ad hoc basis so permission of instructor is required. This course is 1 - 3 credits based on the instructor.

This course provides students with practical skills involved in oceanographic research. Skills may include hydrographic, hydroacoustic and organismic sampling, gear deployment and use of analytical instrumentation at sea. Students participate in one or more oceanographic cruises during a semester and carry out a defined project using research tools available on the ship. A final report on the project forms the major part of the course grade. Cruises are available only on an ad hoc basis so permission of instructor is required.

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Physical Oceanography

Requirements: Admission to the graduate program in Marine Sciences.

Physical properties and circulation of the worlds oceans. Topics to be covered include: basic physical laws; properties of heat, water, and salt budgets; waves; tides; large and small scale circulations; sea-level fluctuations; interactions of the sea with the atmosphere and land masses; light and acoustics.

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Physiology and ecology of marine microalgae

Requirements: Admission to the graduate program in Marine Sciences.

This course will cover the acclimative responses of marine microalgae to variability in light, nutrients, temperature and other environmental factors. Stress responses that are engendered when variability in these environmental factors exceeds the organisms' acclimative capacity will also be covered. The course will emphasize the commonality of these processes across taxa as well as considering taxonspecific responses that allow different groups to exploit their niches. Methods such as molecular biology, active fluorescence and remote sensing that can be used to investigate population dynamics and growth over a range of spatial and temporal scales will be covered.

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Scientific Communication

Requirements: Admission to the graduate program in Marine Sciences.

Instruction on the principles of scientific communication and opportunities to practice different forms of written and oral communication common to marine and other sciences. Topics include: 1) the rationale for scientists to communicate effectively, 2) how to identify and share information to different audiences, 3) successful scientific date presentations, 4) writing, editing, publishing, and reviewing abstracts, scientific papers, and proposals, and 5) biases in scientific communication.

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Sediment Biogeochemistry

Prerequisites: Chemical oceanography or permission of instructor

To provide students with an in depth knowledge of sediment biogeochemical processes and the implications thereof on nutrient cycles, plant production and animal distribution. Emphasis will be on early diagenesis in coastal sub-tidal and wetland sediment systems. Lab sessions will expose students to sediment sampling techniques and methods for the analysis of biogeochemical processes and pore water constituents.

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Seminar

Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program in Marine Sciences.

Students and faculty meet weekly in an interactive discussion of current literature in marine sciences. The focus will be on state-of-the-art theories and methodologies as they occur in the primary marine literature in pursuit of the research degree, students will learn to critically review the approaches, analyses and interpretations of scientific research with the tutelage of the faculty. This sem hrsinar will link the inter-disciplinary components of the students and faculty in a stimulating and interactive manner.

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Special Topics: Marine Sediment Ecology

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Anthropogenic Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems

This course will offer a state-of-the-art review of the nature and extent of anthropogenic impacts on marine coastal ecosystems, including climate change, destruction of wetlands, overfishing and nutrient pollution.

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Biological Oceanography

Prerequisites: Graduate student status in one of the physical or biological sciences departments. Special considerations to other students may be granted with the instructor's and the student's departmental chairperson.

Biological oceanography is an 'earth science' that focuses on patterns and processes that are of consequence to the interaction of organisms and the sea. Biological oceanography encompasses both pelagic and benthic environments, however, some specialized shallow marine environments are beyond the usual scope of oceanographic study (e.g., littoral zone and coral reefs). In this course, the student will be introduced to not only our current understanding of biological oceanographic processes, but to the historical perspective of how this understanding came to be. This will be accomplished through weekly reading assignments of the primary literature - discussion of these papers will be integrated into the lecture. Students will participate in basic experimental and descriptive biological oceanography - these exercises are intended to provide the student with some of the fundamental tools and procedures in use by biological oceanographers. These tools cut across other disciplines such as chemistry, physics and geology.

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Chemical Oceanography

Prerequisites: Admission to graduate program in Marine Science.

An in-depth examination of the chemistry of seawater and its relationship with biological, geological and physical processes in the oceans. Coverage of seawater composition, buffering capacity, redox potential, and photochemistry will form the basis for an in-depth analysis of the dynamic equilibria of gases, organic materials, nutrients and trace elements in the sea.

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Environmental Toxicology

Introduction to the scientific and technical principles of toxicological processes in the context of the ecosystem. Students will understand the types of major environmental toxicants and how to properly evaluate their toxicity and factors that influence toxicity. Students will recognize and coherently formulate risk assessment and by using the tools and techniques acquired.

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Marine Trophic Processes

This course will examine the nature and controls of the trophic routes followed by primary production and resulting carbon budgets in coastal ecosystems. The variability in herbivory, consumption by secondary consumers, decomposition, export off the community and burial among different types of coastal communities, such as phytoplankton communities, sand flats, macroalgal beds, seagrass meadows, marshes and mangroves, will be analyzed. Current theories of the causes of such variability will be summarized and discussed critically. It is expected the students will actively contribute to the evaluation of these theories through critical reading and discussion of existing papers and personal projects. The students will carry out a research project of their interest in accordance with topics covered in the course. Finally, the course will offer a review of ongoing anthropogenic effects, such as eutrophication and climatic change, on the trophic fate of primary production and carbon budgets in coastal ecosystems.

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Ocean Variability and Global Change

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructors.

This course will examine large scale, spatial and temporal variability in the Earth/ocean system as evidenced by present-day and paleo records. Variability such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation will be covered in detail. In addition the course will critically evaluate the evidence for and the consequences of modern global change as it pertains to the marine environment. Emphasis will be placed on potential changes in climate, biogeochemical cycles, hydrologic cycles, eutrophication/species diversity, and UV light fluxes.

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Oceanographic Experience

Requirements: Cruises are available only on an ad hoc basis so permission of instructor is required. This course is 1 - 3 credits based on the instructor.

This course provides students with practical skills involved in oceanographic research. Skills may include hydrographic, hydroacoustic and organismic sampling, gear deployment and use of analytical instrumentation at sea. Students participate in one or more oceanographic cruises during a semester and carry out a defined project using research tools available on the ship. A final report on the project forms the major part of the course grade. Cruises are available only on an ad hoc basis so permission of instructor is required.

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Oceanography and Marine Biology

Oceanography is an interdisciplinary science at the intersection of geology, chemistry, physics and biology. This course is designed to be a survey course of these four disciplines with special emphasis on the biological aspects of ocean sciences. In-class lectures will provide the students with the foundation to understand the principles discussed, and will be supplemented with discussion of the modern ways in which these disciplines are pursued.

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Seminar

Students and faculty meet weekly in an interactive discussion of current literature in marine sciences. The focus will be on "state-of-the-art" theories and methodologies as they occur in the primary marine literature. Student presentation is required to receive credit.

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