Graduate Spring 2017

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Advanced Marine Ecology 2 Heck Fri (2:00-4:00)
Marine Conservation Biology 3 Carmichael Th (11:00-2:00)
Marine Experimental Ecology 4 Powers Tues (2:00-5:00)
Marine Resource Management 3 Lehrter T, Th (9:30 - 11:00p)
Oceanographic Experience 1-3 Kiene TBA
Physical Oceanography 4 Dzwonkowski T, Th (9:30 - 11:00 am)
Physiology and Ecology of Marine Microalgae 3 Krause M, W (1:25 - 3:20p)
Seminar 1 Robertson F (9:00 - 10:00)
Sp Topics: Stable Isotope Ecology 4 Mortazavi Thurs (2:15-5:15)

Second Session 2017 (July 3 - August 4)

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Coastal Birds (2) UG/G Woodrey TH/F (9A- 11:30A); Lab TH (1P- 4P)
Intro To Oceanography (4) UG/G Krause M/T/W (9A - 12P); Lab M/T (1P- 4P)
Intro to Neurobiology (July 17-August 4) (4) UG/G Keyser et al. M-S (9A-5P); M-Th (6:30P-7:30P)
Marine Biology (4) UG O'Brien M/T/W (9A-12P); Lab: M/T (1P-4P)
Marine Conservation Biology (4) UG/G Baggett M/T/W (9A-12P); Lab M/T (1P-4P)
Marine Ecology (4) UG/G Dorgan W (1P-4P), TH/F (9A-12P); Lab TH/F (1P – 4P)
Marine Geology (4) UG/G Gibson W (1P-4P) TH/F (9A - 12P); Lab TH/F (1P - 4P)
Marine Invertebrate Zoology (4) UG/G Carmichael M/T/W (9A - 12P); Lab M/T (1P - 4P)
Marine Vertebrate Zoology (4) UG/G Boyle W (1P-4P), TH/F (9A-12P); Lab TH/F (1P-4P)

Summer Courses

Course Credits Instructor 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
Oceanography and Marine Biology 3 Powers T, Th (3:30-5:00)
Seminar 1 Lehrter F (9:00-10:00)

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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Coastal Birds

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Biology or Zoology.

This course highlights the diverse coastal birdlife of northern Gulf of Mexico. With a focus on the study of avian ecology in the field, this class will include a significant emphasis on the use of both sight and sound as means of field identification. A variety of habitats will be explored, including barrier island nesting grounds, the Mobile-Tensaw River basin, local marshes and other unique coastal habitats. Students will also be introduced to a variety of field ornithology techniques including bird-banding, survey techniques, and monitoring methodologies. Email questions to msw103@ra.msstate.edu.

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Intro To Oceanography

Requirements: Multiple (3-4) field trips are mandatory. Students will meet at 7:30am at DISL for field trips.

Prerequisites: Basic science major.

This course provides a general introduction to the physics, chemistry, geology and biology of the ocean. Students will approach the material with an interdisciplinary mindset and learn how to examine the ocean as an integrative system. A blend of lecture, in-class hands-on activities, and group discussions are used to communicate the course content. Field trips in Mobile Bay and near-coastal Gulf of Mexico serve to introduce students to research techniques and oceanographic processes in the region. Laboratory activity includes field work, laboratory analysis of field samples, and data synthesis.

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Intro to Neurobiology (July 17-August 4)

Prerequisites: Introductory biology

Students will be introduced to the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of marine invertebrates and vertebrates. The following aspects of neurobiology will be covered in lectures and laboratory exercises: neurons and glia; passive properties of neurons; resting potentials; action potentials; synaptic transmission; neurotransmitters and receptors; sensory transduction; muscle innervation and contraction; sensorimotor integration; and neurophysiological bases of behavior. In addition, students will use computer simulations that allow a more in-depth exploration of cellular neurobiology than is possible in standard laboratory classes. Students will be introduced to aspects of molecular biology and its applications to neuroscience. This class will include evening and Saturday sessions. The following are recommended but not required: general chemistry and general physics; or permission of the instructor.

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Marine Biology

Requirements: Snorkeling gear. Participation in overnight or weekend field trips is a part of this course.

Prerequisites: General Biology

A general survey of marine plants, invertebrates and vertebrates, the communities they form and the physical and chemical factors that influence them. Field trips include marsh, seagrass, and dune habitats. Sampling from research vessels and laboratory exercises will serve to introduce students to the diversity of marine habitats and organisms. Organisms will be identified using dichotomous keys.

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Marine Conservation Biology

Prerequisites: An introductory class in either marine or general ecology

This advanced course is open to college juniors, seniors and graduate students. This course will explore the major threats to marine biodiversity as well as the pros and cons of the potential solutions to these threats. Students will participate in class discussions on current topics in marine conservation biology and will critically evaluate marine conservation primary literature as well as the viewpoints of the various entities involved in marine conservation issues. In addition, students will participate in overnight field trips that support topics covered in lectures and will demonstrate the application of current principles in marine conservation.

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Marine Ecology

Requirements: Snorkeling gear. Participation in overnight or weekend field trips is a part of this course.

Prerequisites: General biology, marine biology or graduate standing

This advanced course open to juniors, seniors and graduate students. The class will study marine organisms as they interact with each other and their environment, and examine ecological theories and the experimental basis of our current knowledge. The laboratory will consist of field trips to a wide variety of marine habitats and field problems which will be examined by student teams in small groups. Habitats selected for emphasis include coral reefs, kelp forests, seagrass meadows, the rocky intertidal and deep-sea hydrothermal vents.

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Marine Geology

Requirements: Participation in overnight field trips is a part of this course.

Prerequisites: Introductory geology, statistics recommended

A study of the geology of the ocean basins, with special emphasis on the continental shelves, their sediments and the sedimentary processes at work there with emphasis on the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Field trips will be taken to study beach processes and sediments in Mobile Bay and offshore. Students will be introduced to the following: technical writing; conducting a research project; working as a team member; data management; concepts of marine geology; critical thinking; principles of science (hypothesis testing).

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Marine Invertebrate Zoology

Requirements: Participation in overnight field trips is a part of this course. Snorkeling gear.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology or zoology.

A study of natural history, systematics, and morphology or marine invertebrates.

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Marine Vertebrate Zoology

Prerequisites: Two semesters of general biology (or equivalent) and accompanying labs

A survey of marine fishes, reptiles and mammals, with an in-depth comprehensive treatment of their systematics, zoogeography and ecology. Field and laboratory work will stress the vertebrate fauna of the northern Gulf of Mexico and most of the course will be devoted to fishes. Students completing this course will: 1) have a basic understanding of the biology, ecology, physiology and systematics of the various marine vertebrate taxa; 2) gain experience in field and lab identification of members of the various vertebrate taxa; and 3) gain experience in collecting various marine and island vertebrate taxa.

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Advanced Marine Ecology

Prerequisites: Introductory ecology or marine ecology course

This graduate level course will improve your understanding of ecological processes by building upon the foundations provided in introductory ecology classes.  Emphasis will be placed on the mechanisms that control the distribution of plants and animals at scales ranging from the individual organism to the ecosystem.  Assigned readings from the scientific literature will cover the entire range of marine habitats and will reflect recent thinking on the major concepts and problems in ecological theory.

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Marine Conservation Biology

Prerequisites: Introductory class in either marine or general ecology or permission of the instructor.

Marine Conservation Biology will develop student's understanding of conservation biology in marine habitats. Lectures and assigned or student-selected readings will cover the widest possible range of current topics in marine conservation biology. Regular field trips will supplement and exemplify lecture topics. Each class will include an introductory lecture that presents an overview of basic ecological concepts and historical perspective for the assigned readings, followed by discussion. Students will lead discussion of student selected papers and write a topical term paper.

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Marine Experimental Ecology

An in-depth tutorial exposure to specific areas in the marine sciences. Credit and title will be arranged to examine the subject matter in an area of current interest to one or group of students. Specialized topics not currently listed in catalog course offerings. 

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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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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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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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Sp Topics: Stable Isotope Ecology

An in-depth tutorial exposure to specific areas in the marine sciences. Credit and title will be arranged to examine the subject matter in an area of current interest to one or group of students. Specialized topics not currently listed in catalog course offerings. MAS 590 is available to master students - MAS 690 is available to Ph.D. students. - See more at: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:TlWVxU8CuPIJ:www.disl.org/university-programs/graduate/graduate-class-list/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us#sthash.ZKEQQWJl.dpuf

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