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|BIOL 019 - Introduction to Marine Biology|
The marine environment is the largest, most important, and most mysterious habitat on our planet. It covers 70% of the world’s surface, produces half of its oxygen, plays a critical role in regulating climate, and supports a remarkably diverse and exquisitely adapted array of life forms. As the 21st century progresses, human activities such as overfishing, coastal development, plastic pollution, oil spills, nutrient pollution, the spread of exotic species, and the emission of climate changing greenhouse gases are posing a significant threat to the marine environment and to many of its life forms. This course (Introduction to Marine Biology) takes an ecological approach to studying marine systems. The primary goals are to provide students with an understanding of the processes that drive life in marine systems and how life has adapted to marine environments. In doing so, we take an in depth look at the major marine habitats and their inhabitants including shallow bays and lagoons, estuaries, the abyss, open water habitats, tropical reefs, and rocky shores and discuss how climate change and humans affect the oceans.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture
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