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Spring 2013-2014
* EEB 346 (STL)   na, npdf

Biology of Coral Reefs

Stephen W. Pacala

ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.

This field and lecture course provides an in-depth introduction to the biology of tropical coral reefs, with an emphasis on reef fish ecology and behavior. Each day begins with a lecture, followed by six to eight hours on the water, and ends with data analysis, reading and a discussion of recent papers. Students learn to identify fishes, corals and invertebrates, and learn a variety of field methods including underwater censusing, mapping, videotaping and the recording of inter-individual interactions. Each year group projects will vary depending on previous findings and the interests of the faculty.

Sample reading list:
Sale, P.F., The ecology of fishes on coral reefs
Hixon, M.A., Population dynamics of coral-reef fishes
Doherty, P.J., and T. Fowler, A ... test of recruitment limitation in a coral reef fish
Caley, M.J., Age-specific mortality rates in reef fishes
Leis, J.M. and B.M. Carson-Ewart, Complex behaviour by coral-reef fish larvae
McCormick, M.I., Condition and growth of reef fish at settlement
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Grading is based upon participation, performance in the field work and data analysis, and formal reports. A write-up of the project is required from each student by the end of the exam period.

Requirements/Grading:
Lab Reports - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 50%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
EEB 321 and enrollment in the EEB Spring semester in tropical biology taught in Panama..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41034 L01 TBA        Enrolled:12 Limit:17
41035 B99 TBA        Enrolled:12 Limit:17