Marine Ecology

Factors that influence the distribution, abundance, and diversity of marine organisms, including a survey of invertebrate animals, fish, vascular plants, and micro- and macroalgae found in the marine environment. Topics include physical characteristics of marine systems, adaptation to environment, species interactions, biogeography, larval recruitment, and biodiversity and conservation of communities found in rocky shores, tidal flats, beaches, marshes, mangrove, coral reefs, and subtidal areas. Course structure integrates lectures, field excursions, lab exercises and an independent project. Not open to students who have taken Bio 773LA. Taught in Beaufort fall, spring, and summer. (Spring enrollment requires travel to Caribbean.) Prerequisite: AP biology, introductory biology or instructor consent. Instructor: Silliman or staff

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Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 offering; Duke Marine Lab; Can be used for Div req OR ecology, but NOT BOTH!