Prerequisites: ENV 501 and 502, or permission of the instructor. (Fall semester—even years/3 credits) This course is available as an elective for the GIS-ENV Certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor that this course will count toward the GIS-ENV Certificate by the drop/add deadline each semester, so that GIS-focused assessments can be completed. Once a student declares the GIS option, the course cannot revert to the non-GIS version.
The ecology of marine and estuarine systems, including the plankton, rocky shores, soft- sediment bottoms, seagrass beds, salt marshes and coral reefs, will be explored. Planktonic and benthic processes will receive equal emphasis. Applied topics in fisheries management and in human impacts on marine environments will be introduced. Several optional field trips tin the Chesapeake Bay region and a required research paper are planned.