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Nahant

The following courses take place in Nahant, MA during the Spring semester

EEMB 5534/5535 Marine Invertebrate Zoology and Botany & Lab 5 cr.
“Zoobots” surveys the major groups of marine invertebrates, algae, and plants, in addition to their ecological roles and relationships. Learn to identify these groups and understand the mechanisms they use to survive and adapt to changing oceans. Topics for discussion include ecological and evolutionary importance, ecosystem engineering, adaptive physiology, and climate change effects. An emphasis will be placed on interrelationships among major taxa. Hands-on learning includes field identification, visits to intertidal and subtidal marine environments, specimen dissection, preparation, and cataloging. Opportunities for improving skills in reading and discussing scientific literature, experimental design, and scientific communication will be emphasized.

EEMB 5516/5517 Oceanography & Lab 5 cr.
Provides an integrated overview of physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes operating in the world’s oceans. Examines how new technologies have allowed stunning insights into global weather and climate, the deep sea, biodiversity, and how the biogeochemistry of the oceans can be measured and understood. This approach, which views the ocean as a “system of systems”, will prepare students for further coursework in marine science, including the emerging discipline of global change.

EEMB 5522/5523 Experimental Design in Marine Ecology & Lab 5 cr.
Provides the ecological theory and tools necessary for the proper design of ecological experiments and their analysis, using the rocky intertidal zone as a model system. Focuses on experimental design tailored for analysis of variance (ANOVA). Principles of design and analysis will be illustrated with several short and long-term class experiments conducted in the rocky intertidal zone.

EEMB 5520 Ocean and Coastal Sustainability 3 cr.
Provides students with advanced training in the expanding field of sustainability, with a combined focus on the practical aspects of systems management and the theoretical understanding of whole‐systems design and resiliency. The goal of this course is to train future leaders capable of creating innovative solutions to sustainability issues at local and global levels. Key interdisciplinary themes discussed will include: the social and political aspects of ocean and coastal sustainability (i.e., education and communication), sustainable development and ecosystem stability, the impacts of climate change on ocean and coastal resilience and the economic and entrepreneurial possibilities in the field of sustainability.

BIOL 5589 Diving Research Methods 2 cr.
A field-oriented course designed to introduce students who are certified SCUBA divers to current underwater research techniques used in the study of the biology, ecology, and physiology of subtidal marine organisms. Upon successful completion of course students are certified as scientific divers by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS).

Panama

The following courses take place in Bocas del Toro, Panama during the Fall semester

EEMB 5504 Biology of Corals 3 cr.
Focuses on the biology of scleractinian reef-building corals and associated anthozoans found in coral reef ecosystems. Topics include systematics, anatomy, physiology, and population biology of corals, with an emphasis on the latest techniques employed by coral molecular biologists and physiologists.

EEMB 5506 Biology and Ecology of Fishes 3 cr.
A field, lecture and laboratory course that examines the systematics, functional morphology, behavioral ecology, and community structure of reef fishes. Field and lab experiments focus on morphology, behavior and community ecology of reef fishes.

EEMB 5512 Tropical Terrestrial Ecology 1 cr.
Introduces students to the flora, fauna and ecosystems of Panama. Includes an extended field trip to over the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean.

EEMB 5518 Ocean & Coastal Processes 2 cr.
Examines the coupling between physical and biological processes on coral reefs and adjacent habitats. Focuses on biophysical, oceanographic and benthic-pelagic processes acting in coral reef and associated nearshore ecosystems. Specific topics will include oceanographic forcing mechanisms, organismal biomechanics, hydrodynamics, and nutrient dynamics.

EEMB 5520 Coral Reef Ecology 2 cr.
Examines the ecology and paleoecology of coral reefs. This course highlights the ecological importance of coral reefs and associated nearshore communities, ecosystem function, changes in reef biotas through geologic time, and the causes and consequences of reef degradation worldwide.

Friday Harbor

The following courses take place on San Juan Island, Washington during the Fall semester

EEMB 5508/5509 Marine Birds and Mammals & Lab 3 cr.
A lecture and field course that examines the principles of behavior, evolution, classification, anatomy and physiology of seabirds and marine mammals. Field trips and boat cruises facilitate observations of local marine birds and mammals.

EEMB 5528 Marine Conservation Biology 3 cr.
Examine several critical issues facing marine ecosystems, including: invasive species, marine pollution and eutrophication, fisheries impacts, physical alteration of habitats, and global climate change. Field time will be spent surveying habitats within the Friday Harbor Laboratory marine life refuge, and in adjacent habitats outside the reserve as part of a long-term monitoring effort.

EEMB 5532 Physiological and Molecular Marine Ecology 3 cr.
Explores the physiological responses of marine organisms to natural and anthropogenic variation in a variety of environmental factors. Molecular techniques are demonstrated as a means of determining genetic relationships at the species and population level for the study of ecological & evolutionary questions.