SYLLABUS: BIOLOGY 4100/5100. Marine Biology. 2012. UNCP
A survey of the common organisms associated with tropical marine habitats. Emphasis will be on fish, invertebrates,
algae, and birds. Coverage will include marine physical and geological factors and discussions of six of the varied
marine communities including: coral reefs, mangroves, deep-sea, and others.
The final grade will come mainly from two lecture exams (25% each), one lab exam worth 30%, and a Bermuda species list worth the remaining 20%.
This list is a group project which everyone needs to participate and take "ownership" in.
Students who take the course as 5100 (for graduate credit) will serve as student group leaders in the construction
of a species list of Bermuda organisms encountered during our week in Bermuda. They will also be asked to aid
in setting up lab materials and demonstrations, and will be required to complete an additional special project/assignment (more details later).
|(1) To gain an understanding of the physical and geological factors associated with marine environments including: oceanic currents, variations in physical parameters with depth, continental drift, island formation, etc.|
|(2) To gain an understanding of marine biodiversity
at the level of species
and at higher taxonomic levels, as well as at the morphological and behavioral levels.
|(3) To gain an understanding of six marine communities in terms of their relative biodiversity and ecological variables.|
|(4) To have the experience of seeing a variety of marine organisms and communities first hand.|
|On Campus : Lecture, Videos, Slides, etc.. 8:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on UNCP Campus|
|June 27||Introduction, Discussion of trip details (Robyn Deemer), The Marine Realm|
|June 28||Marine Plants & Algae (pg 35-41); Marine Vertebrates (pg 42-52)|
|July 2||Marine Vertebrates; Sargassum, Sea Grass, & Mangrove Communities (pg 42-52)|
|July 3||Wrap up on Unit I; Videos; Pool session 11:15-1:00 (bring your snorkling equipment)|
|July 5||Videos; Exam I; Biodiversity & Marine Invertebrates|
|July 9||Marine Invertebrates; Coral reef community|
|July 10||Marine Invertebrates; Zooplankton; Deep Sea & Meiofaunal communities|
|July 11||Wrap up Unit II; Video|
Video; slide show; EXAM II
|Bermuda: Field work, Lab work, Lab Exam|
|July 16||Flight to Bermuda; 8:10 Departure from RDU, but arrive by 6:10; BIOS orientation; Dinner; 7 PM Video|
|July 17||8:30: Bus to Coney Island site, return for Lunch as BIOS
1:00 PM: BUS to Spittal Pond & Devonshire Bay; Dinner; Lab work starting at 7:00 PM
|July 18||8:30 Bus to Walsingham Pond; Lunch at BIOS; 1:00 PM Boat to Harrington Sound
1:00 PM Boat to Harrington Sound; Dinner; Lab starting at 7:00 PM
|July 19||8:30 Bus to Fort St. Catherine; Lunch at BIOS
1:00 PM Boat to Nonsuch Island for walking tour and snorkling; Dinner; Lab at 7:00
8:00 Boat to North Rock; Lunch at BIOS1:00 Public Bus to Aquarium; Dinner; Lab at 7:00
|July 21||Pack lunch at breakfast; 9:00 AM Lab EXAM; free time, Dinner will be served at BIOS|
|July 22||Pack lunch at breakfast; Free Time; Dinner will be served at BIOS|
|July 23||Morning Free; Lunch at Station; Depart sharply at 1:30 for airport by taxi|
**Last minute schedule changes may be made in Bermuda as "opportunities" arise.