Biology 501

Marine Ecology

Class meets Monday & Wednesday from 8:00 - 12:00 in Darwin 218

Schedule for Spring 1998

Date

Topics & Activities

Reading Assignments

Field Trip Destinations

Mon., Jan. 26

Introduction to Marine Ecology;
Observation, Experimentation and Hypotheses

Handouts; Chap. 1, pp 9-11

Wed., Jan. 28

Oceanic Environment; Seawater, Currents, Waves, Tides, Estuaries; Planning for field trip to Tomales Bay

Chap. 2, pp 13-31

Mon., Feb. 2

Ecological Principles; Marine Predator-Prey Interactions; Population Ecology; Taxonomy; Genetics; Community Interactions

Chap. 3, pp 33-61

Wed., Feb. 4

Boat Trip
8:00 - 12:30

Tomales Bay

Mon., Feb. 9

Quiz #1
Continuation of Chapter 3 discussions;
Presentations of scientific literature

Chap. 3, pp 33-61

Wed., Feb. 11

Physiology of Marine Organisms; Organismal Responses to Environmental Parameters

Chap. 4, pp 67-85

Mon., Feb. 16

HOLIDAY

Wed., Feb. 18

Boat Trip
8:00 - 12:30

Tomales Bay

(Thurs, Fri, Sat., Sun.)

Identify Plankton

Mon., Feb. 23

Quiz #2
Reproductive Strategies in the Marine Environment; Types of Sexuality and Life Cycles; Dispersal Mechanisms

Chap. 5, pp 87-111

Wed., Feb. 25

Continue discussion of Chap. 5;
Presentations of scientific literature; make settling plates for Bodega Wharf

Chap. 5, pp 87-111

Mon., Mar. 2

Boat Trip
8:00 - 12:30

Bodega Bay

Wed., Mar. 4

Planktonic Organisms; Migration in the Water Column;
Identification of plankton; analysis of data

Chap. 7, pp 127-141

Mon., Mar. 9

Quiz #3
Plankton Abundance: What are the Critical Factors?
Continue Plankton Study;Discuss Groups'Results; Presentations of scientific literature

Chap. 9, pp 173-191

Wed., Mar. 11

Nutrient Cycles and Grazing in the Sea

continue Chap.9

Mon., Mar. 16

Field Trip 8:00 - 12:30 to Mudflats & eelgrass beds

Chap. 15, pp 299-302

Tomales Bay

Wed., Mar. 18

Productivity: Primary & Secondary; Marine Food Webs; Presentations of scientific literature

Chap. 10, pp 194-202
Chap. 15, pp 302-306

Mon., Mar. 23

Quiz #4
Marine Algae, Seagrasses and Benthic Microbes

Chap. 12, pp 237-244

Wed., Mar. 25

No class in lieu of Association of North Bay Scientists Meeting
Work on independent research projects

Mon. Mar. 30

Benthic Marine Invertebrates

Chap. 11, pp 207-234

Wed., Apr. 1

Intertidal work
8:00 - 12:30
"Rock Study"

Coleman Beach

Mon., Apr. 6

Quiz #5
Life in & on the Benthos; Interstitial organisms and their feeding methods

Chap. 13, pp 245-266

Wed., Apr. 8

Coastal Benthic Habitats: Rocky Intertidal, Estuarine. Organism Zonation and Variation

Chap. 14, pp 271-295

Mon., Apr. 13

SPRING BREAK

NO CLASS

Wed., Apr. 15

SPRING BREAK

NO CLASS

Mon., Apr. 20

No class in lieu of Association of North Bay Scientists Meeting
Work on independent research projects

Wed., Apr. 22

Presentations of Group Research Project Reports

Mon., Apr. 27

Intertidal Work,
Leave at 6:00 am!

Coleman Beach

Wed., Apr. 29

Intertidal Work,
Leave at 7:00 am!

Shell Beach

Mon., May 4

Compilation and analysis of data

Wed., May 6

Compilation and analysis of data

Sat., May 9

Field Trip to San Francisco Bay (maybe)

Mon., May 11

No Class in lieu of field trip to SF Bay

Wed., May 13

Presentations of Group Research Project Reports

Monday, May 18
Final Exam

Bring all our activities to "completion," but not necessarily to closure. This class is one part of a continuing process to understand and appreciate the ecological relationships in the marine environment.

Go to Bio. 501 research groups

Marilyn I. Cannon, Feb. 22, 1998