Prerequisites: ENV 501 and 502, or permission of the instructor. (Fall semester—even years/3 credits)
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.