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

Graduate Spring 2018

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Geological Oceanography 3 TBA M,W (1:25-3:15)
Marine Resource Management 3 Lehrter M, W (3:35-5:00)
Marine Restoration Ecology 3 Powers T, Th (3:35-5:00)
Oceanographic Experience 1-3 Kiene TBA-Field Experience
Physical Oceanography 4 Dzwonkowski M,W (9:05-11:00)
Physiology and ecology of marine microalgae 3 Krause T, Th, (2:00-3:15)
Scientific Communication 3 Carmichael T (9:-30-12:30)
Sediment Biogeochemistry 3 Mortazavi F (1:25-4:25)
Seminar 1 Cebrian F (8:00-9:00)
Special Topics: Marine Sediment Ecology 3 Dorgan T, Th (3:35-5:00)

Typical May Term

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles 2 Wibbles M-F (9A-4P)
Dolphins and Whales (2) UG Lewis M-F (9A-4P)
Ecology of the Florida Everglades (2) UG/G Stanton M-F (9A-4P)
Plankton Biology (2) UG Moss M-F (9A-4P)
Shark and Ray Biology (2) UG/G Drymon M-F (9A-4P)
Shellfish Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (2) UG/G Walton M-F (9A-4P)

Typical First Session

Course Credits Instructor Schedule
Coastal Wetlands Ecology (4) UG/G Stanton M/T/W (9A - 12P); Lab M/T (1P - 4P)
Hurricanes of the Gulf Coast (2) UG/G Blackwell TH/F (9A - 11:30A); Lab TH (1P - 4P)
Intro to Oceanography (4) UG/G Mortazavi M/T/W (9A-12P);Lab M/T (1P-4P)
Marine Aquaculture (2) UG/G Hammer TH/F ( 9A -12P); Lab M (1P - 4P)
Marine Behavioral Ecology (4) UG Gier M/T/W (9A-12P); Lab M/T (1P-4P)
Marine Biology (4) UG O'Brien M/T/W (9A-12P); Lab: M/T (1P-4P)
Marine Botany (4) UG/G Cebrian W (1P-4P), TH/F (9A-12P); Lab TH/F (1P-4P)
Marine Ecology (4) UG/G Baggett W (1P-4P), TH/F (9A-11:30A) ; Lab TH/F (1P - 4P)
Marine Mammals (4) UG/G Lewis M/T/W (9A - 12P); Lab M/T (1P - 4P)
Marine Restoration Ecology (2) UG/G Blomberg M/T (9A-11:30A); Lab M (1P-4P)
Shark and Ray Biology (2) UG/G Drymon Lecture: TH/F (9A - 11:30A; Lab: TH (1P-4P)

Typical Second Session

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)
Marine Vertebrate Zoology 4 Morley M/T/F (9A - 12P); Lab M/T (1P - 4P)
Ocean Acoustics & its Application in Oceanography (2) UG/G Song M/T (9A-11:30A); Lab M (1P-4P)
Sea Level Change (2) UG/G Gibson M/T (9A-11:30A); Lab M (1P-4P)

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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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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Ocean Acoustics & its Application in Oceanography

Prerequisites: Programming skills in MATLAB

This course gives a practical guide to learn acoustic propagation basics and acoustical applications in oceanography. It focuses on basic principles, usage of acoustic models and tools, and hands-on practices, instead of lengthy theoretical development. A Matlab software package will be distributed to the students. The software package includes 1) a ray-based acoustic model, 2) acoustic signaling methods, and 3) acoustic processing tools. Centered on the software package, the course utilizes a mix of teaching strategies: lectures, computer demonstrations, and field trips, to build students’ knowledge and skills. Two research cruises in the Gulf of Mexico are planned for the students to practice their learned skills. The first trip will collect acoustic measurements for ray-based modeling when the research vessel is anchored at a few stations. The second trip will collect acoustic measurements when the research vessel moves around for Doppler effects and echo sounding. The course covers 1) acoustic propagation basics, 2) ray-based models, 3) signaling and processing methods, 4) ocean ambient noise, 5) sound impacts on marine mammals, 6) Doppler effects and eco-sounding, which are the principles of two common oceanographic instruments, ACDPs and multi-beam SONARs, respectively .

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Sea Level Change

Prerequisites: One year of undergraduate introductory science and or consent of the instructor. For graduate credit, a degree in any science field.

This course is an overview of sea level change over geologic time with emphasis on the geologic and climatic mechanisms of change, evidence of past sea level changes, and the impact of expected sea level changes. Topics include: global climate change and eustasy, tectonically-forced sea level change, epeiric seas, transgression and regression sedimentology, coastal geomorphology, and coastal retreat and stabilization issues. Field studies emphasize local evidence for sea level change and human response to changing sea level, such as community displacement, shoreline stabilization, and beach-fill nourishment. This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in the physical and biological marine sciences.

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Coastal Wetlands Ecology

Prerequisites: General Biology and Botany or Zoology

This course will focus on coastal and nearshore wetland areas, with an emphasis on the biogeochemical processes that occur within, and issues that threaten and protect these important resources. Wetlands not only provide critical habitat for many aquatic and semi-aquatic species, they are also important for primary productivity, transformation of nutrients, pollutant removal, as well as providing protection from storm surges and floodwaters. Insight into wetland ecology requires understanding of the unique interactions between biology, chemistry and hydrology.

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Hurricanes of the Gulf Coast

This is an introductory survey course on hurricanes with emphasis on hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. Topics include: 1) the hurricane problem along the Gulf Coast and a review of some of the infamous Gulf Coast hurricanes of the last 150 years; 2) Atlantic/Caribbean/Gulf hurricane climatology; 3) the effects of El Niño and multi-decadal changes in the Atlantic circulation on hurricane frequency; 4) favorable/ unfavorable environments for hurricane development and intensification; 5) hurricane features and structure; 6) hurricane movement and steering mechanisms; 7) coastal and inland effects from landfalling Gulf Coast hurricanes; and 8) Gulf hurricane forecasting (where will the storm go and how strong will it be at landfall). A half-day boat trip along much of the length of Dauphin Island is planned (weather permitting) during the last week of class to inspect the impact of recent hurricanes on this barrier island.

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Intro to Oceanography

Prerequisites: Basic Science Major

This course provides a general introduction to the physics, chemistry, geology and biology of the ocean and introduces the student to the interrelationships between these factors in the world’s oceans. Field trips in Mobile Bay and near-coastal Gulf of Mexico serve to introduce students to research techniques and oceanographic processes in the region.

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Marine Aquaculture

Prerequisites: General biology required; ichthyology, limnology, and invertebrate zoology suggested, but not required.

This course will introduce students to techniques in live animal culture with an emphasis on basic principles that can be applied to the culture of any organism for research, display or commercial profit. Topics discussed will include: water chemistry, filtration, production techniques, reproduction and nutrition. This course is also designed to assist students with problem solving and communication skills.

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Marine Behavioral Ecology

Requirements: Snorkeling gear

Prerequisites: Introductory course that covers zoology (either vertebrate or invertebrate).

The course examines how animal behavior is influenced by and interacts with its environment, and the ecological and evolutionary significance of these behaviors in a marine setting. Students will learn principles of behavioral ecology as they relate to marine animals, become familiar with techniques for observing animal behavior and conducting behavioral experiments, and be introduced to methods for collecting and analyzing behavioral data.

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Marine Biology

Requirements: Snorkeling gear is required. 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 Botany

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

Prerequisites: Introductory Biology and Plant Biology (recommended, but not required).

A general survey of marine algae (microscopic and macroscopic), as well as salt marsh vegetation, mangroves, seagrasses and maritime forest communities. Lectures will emphasize identification, distribution, structure, ecology and physiology. Extensive overnight field and laboratory work is involved, including the ability to wade and snorkel.

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Marine Ecology

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

Prerequisites: General biology, marine biology or graduate standing

This advanced course is open to college 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 Mammals

Prerequisites: General Biology

This course will cover the evolutionary history, taxonomy/classification, anatomy, physiology, behavior and conservation/ management issues of marine mammals (cetaceans, pinnipeds, mustelids, sirenians and the polar bear). In addition, research methods used to study marine mammals will be taught (including field and lab techniques).

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Marine Restoration Ecology

Prerequisites: One year of undergraduate introductory science (preferably including an ecology course) and or consent of the instructor.

This course, designed for undergraduate and graduate students, will provide an overview of the scientific and technical principles of marine habitat restoration. We will discuss the role of key ecological concepts in restoration, and the role of restoration in science and society. Students will identify structural and functional components of marine habitats and learn how to design restoration projects and monitoring plans that capture these key habitat components. Lectures will be supplemented with primary literature reading assignments and field trips to various restored habitats (e.g., salt marsh, oyster reef, seagrass bed).

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Shark and Ray Biology

Prerequisites: One course in general/organismal biology (or equivalent).

This course will provide an introduction to the biology of sharks and rays, with special emphasis on regional shark fauna and field techniques. Topics to be covered include chondrichthyan origin, systematics, sensory biology, locomotion, food consumption, osmoregulation, reproductive biology, life history, ecology, fisheries and conservation. Lectures will be supplemented with discussions of papers from the primary literature to familiarize students with current research. In addition, longline and gillnet sampling will provide students with firsthand knowledge of field techniques and local shark identification.

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Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles

Requirements: Special fees apply and will be determined based on student enrollment in the course. (approximately $550.00). A trip deposit (1/2) will be due on March 10, 2017, with the remaining portion due on May 1, 2017. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is canceled.

Prerequisites: Introductory course in Biology

This introductory course will provide an overview of the biology and conservation of marine turtles. Topics to be covered include the identification, distribution, nesting behavior, migratory behavior, feeding ecology, population biology and genetics, developmental habitats, temperature-dependent sex determination, paleontology and conservation of marine turtles. Students will obtain a detailed knowledge of sea turtle biology; will gain an understanding of why many sea turtle species have become endangered; and how proper management has allowed some populations to recover. The course will culminate with an overnight, multi-day field trip to sea turtle nesting beaches and foraging grounds in the southeastern U.S. The class will also visit sea turtle research and rehabilitation facilities. The overnight field trip will provide students with the opportunity to observe loggerhead, green, and leatherback turtles in their natural habitats.

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Dolphins and Whales

Prerequisites: General Biology

This class will be an introduction to the biology of cetaceans (toothed and baleen whales). Topics covered will include evolution, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, genetics, behavior, and conservation related to species within this Order. Lab exercises will introduce current methods used in cetacean research. 

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Ecology of the Florida Everglades

Requirements: Special fees apply and will be determined by the number of participants in the course (approximately $450.00). A trip deposit (1/2) is due on March 10, 2017 with the remaining portion due on May 1, 2017. The fee is nonrefundable unless the class is canceled. Email questions to lstanton@uwa.edu.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Biology, Zoology or Botany.

This course examines the natural history and ecology of the world’s rarest and most endangered wilderness area. The course will consist of a week of lectures and discussions focusing on the history, geology, hydrology, and biota of this system, followed by a week of field exploration to examine the Everglades and associated systems. The field component will consist of day-long excursions and tent camping in several Florida State Parks. As such, participants should bring appropriate gear and be prepared to actively and cheerfully participate. Please view our video of our 2014 class! 
 

The Ecology of the Florida Everglades, Summer 2014 from Trois Clare on Vimeo.

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Plankton Biology

Prerequisites: Principles and Organismal Biology or equivalent.

This course will examine all classes of plankton: microbial; phytoplankton; and zooplankton, with emphasis on the gelata, copeods and planktonic larvae. At least one field trip will be at night, and one or more trips will take the students offshore. Students will identify plankton, learn how to assay plankton populations using classic filtration and modern imaging and molecular methods. We will discuss invasive species, the microbial loop, ‘Jelly World’ and the mechanisms and implications of explosive jellyfish blooms. Each student will keep a detailed notebook and give a ten-minute presentation on his/her favorite planktonic organism. Texts required, and scientific papers will be used.

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Shark and Ray Biology

Prerequisites: One course in general/organismal biology (or equivalent).

This course will provide an introduction to the biology of sharks and rays, with special emphasis on regional shark fauna and field techniques. Topics to be covered include chondrichthyan origin, systematics, sensory biology, locomotion, food consumption, osmoregulation, reproductive biology, life history, ecology, fisheries and conservation. Lectures will be supplemented with discussions of papers from the primary literature to familiarize students with current research. In addition, longline and gillnet sampling will provide students with firsthand knowledge of field techniques and local shark identification.

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Shellfish Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico

Requirements: Special fees apply and will be determined based on student enrollment in the course (approximately $315.00). A trip deposit (1/2) is due on March 10, 2017 with the remaining portion due on May 1, 2017. Fee is nonrefundable unless the class is canceled.

Prerequisites: One year of college-level Biology or permission of instructor.

This course will provide students with an overview of the various types of shellfish aquaculture practiced in the Gulf of Mexico, both for public stock enhancement and private production. Students will gain a broader understanding of the scale and methods of oyster aquaculture, including cultching, on-bottom and offbottom methods, as well as clam aquaculture, with field trips to operations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Students will get an overview of shellfish hatchery production and techniques. This course is also designed to assist students with problem solving and communication skills.

More videos to check out:

  1. The gospel of the Alabama oyster. 5/15/15/ 8:32 video, produced by Southern Foodways Alliance. https://vimeo.com/131098257
  2. For the love of oysters: Alabama’s oyster farmers. 12/19/14. 10:12 video, produced by Backforty Beer Co.http://youtu.be/ewIUJ6rne_Y
  3. Oyster farming grows market (Part 1). 4/4/13. 2:22 video, produced with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium & Gary Finch Outdoors, and aired on Gary Finch Outdoors. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXyGad22cx8.
  4. Oyster farming grows market (Part 2). 4/5/13. 2:16 video, produced with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium & Gary Finch Outdoors, and aired on Gary Finch Outdoors. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrs1ujcl9ao.

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Geological Oceanography

Geological oceanography or "marine geology" is a broad subject dealing with components of mineralogy, sedimentology, geophysics, and plate tectonics. 

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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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Marine Restoration Ecology

Prerequisites: One year of undergraduate introductory science (preferably including an ecology course) and or consent of the instructor.

This course, designed for undergraduate and graduate students, will provide an overview of the scientific and technical principles of marine habitat restoration. We will discuss the role of key ecological concepts in restoration, and the role of restoration in science and society. Students will identify structural and functional components of marine habitats and learn how to design restoration projects and monitoring plans that capture these key habitat components. Lectures will be supplemented with primary literature reading assignments and field trips to various restored habitats (e.g., salt marsh, oyster reef, seagrass bed).

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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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Scientific Communication

Requirements: Admission to the graduate program in Marine Sciences.

Instruction on the principles of scientific communication and opportunities to practice different forms of written and oral communication common to marine and other sciences. Topics include: 1) the rationale for scientists to communicate effectively, 2) how to identify and share information to different audiences, 3) successful scientific date presentations, 4) writing, editing, publishing, and reviewing abstracts, scientific papers, and proposals, and 5) biases in scientific communication.

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Sediment Biogeochemistry

Prerequisites: Chemical oceanography or permission of instructor

To provide students with an in depth knowledge of sediment biogeochemical processes and the implications thereof on nutrient cycles, plant production and animal distribution. Emphasis will be on early diagenesis in coastal sub-tidal and wetland sediment systems. Lab sessions will expose students to sediment sampling techniques and methods for the analysis of biogeochemical processes and pore water constituents.

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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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Special Topics: Marine Sediment Ecology

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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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