Intersession Program Courses (all have labs); May 16 to June 6, 2018

 

MARINE BIODIVERSITY - MNS 353 

We will explore patterns of biodiversity of marine plants, invertebrates, and fishes across a variety of coastal habitats. This course will involve field, laboratory and classroom components and will provide students with hands-on experience related to sampling methods, taxonomic identification, and systematics. 

  • Taught by Drs. Lauren Yeager and Brad Erisman 

 

BIOLOGICAL SIGNALS IN ESTUARINE SEDIMENTS - MNS 353 

Biology in coastal systems directly influences the sediments; the sediments, in turn, also affect biology. This course focuses on understanding living or buried biological signals in estuarine sediments, including benthic and pelagic plankton composition and degraded organic matter, through a suite of laboratory analyses. In particular, modern analytical techniques will be used to characterize sedimentary organic matter, including analyses of bulk elements (carbon and nitrogen) and organic biomarker compounds (pigments, amino acids, fatty acids, contaminants, etc.). Includes field trips to representative habitats. May be counted toward the Bachelor of Science in Biology (Option III: Marine and Freshwater Science) and toward other undergraduate degrees in Biology. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and six semester hours of coursework in biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and/or physics. 

  • Taught by Dr. Zhanfei Liu 

 

ESTUARINE ECOLOGY - MNS 352C/382 

General ecological principles of estuarine environments in Texas, including physiography hydrography, and plant and animal community structure and productivity. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing and six semester hours of coursework in biology, chemistry, geological sciences, or physics. 

  • Taught by Dr. Ken Dunton