Prerequisites: ENSP 101 and ENSP 102, or a 100-level lab science course. (First semester/4 credits)
In this course you will study the structure and function of Atlantic coastal communities from South Florida to the Chesapeake Bay. The course investigates adjacent aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the natural linkages that connect them as large-scale hydroscapes. Case studies of resource management issues and human impacts on these communities and their individual populations will be used to exemplify basic ecological concepts. This course emphasizes laboratory and field investigations that will take place at selected sites along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States as part of the Coastal Studies Semester.