Graduate: OCN627, the Ecology of Pelagic Marine Animals, with Jeff Drazen. You can find a copy of the syllabus here. This course includes a substantial laboratory component, and in some years we have taken our students to sea.
Course Overview – The pelagic environment is the largest on the planet, comprising the water column from coastal waters to the deep sea. Its inhabitants are varied and its communities are often complex, adapted to the particular characteristics of their habitat. Thus the subject is extremely large. Your marine microbiology course will have already covered microbial ecology, phytoplankton dynamics, primary productivity, and ocean biogeochemistry. The present course will cover a variety of major topics from zooplankton ecology to fisheries science. Its goal is to provide you with a basic understanding of what we know and don’t know about the ecology and biology of pelagic marine animals (zooplankton through whales), the methods used in the field, and to create a forum for discussion of the major current questions.
Undergraduate: OCN201, Science of the Sea, with Eric DeCarlo and Glenn Carter (Spring), and with Chris Measures and Mike Mottl (Fall). You can find a copy of the syllabus for this course here.
In the past I have also taught OCN310, Global Environmental Change, and coordinated the departmental seminar, OCN780.