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Spring 2013-2014
GEO 428  

Biological Oceanography

Bess Ward

Fundamentals of Biological Oceanography, with an emphasis on the ecosystem level. We will consider the organisms in the context of their chemical and physical environment; the properties of seawater, atmosphere and ocean dynamics that affect life in the ocean; primary production and marine food webs; global cycles of carbon and other elements; current research approaches. In addition to lectures by the professors, the course will delve deeply into the current and classic literature of oceanography and students will be expected to participate in seminar type presentations and discussions.

Sample reading list:
Mann et. al., Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems
Lalli & Parsons, Biological Oceanography: An Introduction
Charles Miller, Biological Oceanography
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Required reading will be selected from 3 texts, which are available on reserve. Weekly readings of 50-100 pages. Papers from the peer reviewed literature will be discussed in class regularly. Each student will be responsible for 2 paper discussions over the semester and is expected to prepare a 1 page critical summary of each paper, and to bring specific questions about the subject matter to class on the day of the paper discussion. A final research paper or proposal is required.

Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Problem set(s) - 40%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
College level chemistry, biology and physics.

Other information:
Graduate Students are welcome to take this class.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42454 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   Guyot Hall   155   Enrolled:14 Limit:30