From the rocky intertidal shores to the classroom, Marine Ecology is a hands-on class that uses field-based investigation to address and test current ecological questions.
Held all day, one day a week, the class is broken into two
components: lecture and lab. Lecture topics include biodiversity, intertidal communities, species interactions, and specific lectures introducing lab topics. The labs then take students out into the field to areas around the Monterey Peninsula, including Elkhorn Slough and Point Pinos, to observe and collect data sets, which students then learn how to analyze, using computer programs such as Excel and Primer. Students use data sets and personal analysis of group data to write scientific papers summarizing the labs. The hands-on, applied nature of the class provides students a unique field experience in marine ecology.
Syllabus Crowder, Micheli