Marine Ecology - EFB 423 - SPRING 2006

Description:  This course will familiarize you with the ecology of marine and brackish water systems, using the principles of population, community, and ecosystem ecology.  You will learn about the organisms and ecology of the major marine communities (e.g., intertidal and subtidal hard substrate, kelp, soft substrate, estuarine, pelagic, coral reef and deep sea).  We will also examine current hypotheses about processes controlling the distribution and abundance of organisms including abiotic conditions, organic matter and nutrient cycling, competition, predation, and the increasing human impact on oceans, estuaries and nearshore ecosystems.

            In the recitation section, you’ll get a better sense of the marine environment and participate in hands-on demonstrations and discussions of issues in marine science and conservation.  There will be a mandatory weekend field trip to the Atlantic Coast (April 21-23, 2006).  You will be charged a small fee (discounted cost of lodging and admittance/boat time only – actual cost ~$150 and will depend on total number of students – you will find out the actual cost by February 9, and checks will be due by 28 February).

            Grades will be based on exams, several short written assignments (two short literature reviews and a ‘creature feature’ report), a brief class presentation, and short recitation worksheets that will generally be completed in class (see details below).  An outline of the lecture notes and some visual aids will be posted on the web (www.esf.edu/efb/schulz) after each class.

 Professor:  Kimberly L. Schulz

Contact information: 456 (office)/ 454 or 409 (labs) Illick Hall; 470-6808; kschulz@syr.edu
Office Hours: (456 Illick) Tuesdays
1:30-2:30 PM, Fridays 9:30 – 10:30 AM, or by appointment

Teaching Assistants: 

            Brian Kelder – leads recitation sections on Thursday
                        Contact information: 104 Illick (office); 470-4819; bfkelder@mailbox.syr.edu
                        Office hours: (104 Illick): Wednesdays 
11:00-1:00.

            Gretchen Miles – leads recitation sections on Wednesday
                        Contact information: 209 Illick (office); 470-6916; grmiles@mailbox.syr.edu
                        Office hours (209 Illick): Mondays
2:30-3:30, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00
        

 Required Textbook: Available at Orange Bookstore, Marshall Street

Nybakken, James W. and Mark D. Bertness. 2004. Marine Biology: An Ecological Approach. Sixth edition. Benjamin Cummings,     San Francisco.

If you are enrolled in Marine Ecology and want to view the power point files go to the following website (on campus only):cww.esf.edu/course/kschulz/MarineEcologyCWW.html

                     If you are looking for the literature critique 2 papers go to the campus website listed above and follow the link! 
                       
For literature critique grading guidelines  CLICK HERE
                        For common problems with literature critiques  CLICK HERE

                      Link to Oceans in the News Schedule and Files only accessible on campus

                     
GRADUATE STUDENTS -- TO ACCESS 623 MEETING TIMES AND READINGS CLICK HERE (ON CAMPUS)
                     
                      FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

                      CLICK HERE FOR MARINE MAMMAL DEBATE READINGS

CLASS SCHEDULE                                        REC = recitation
 
Month Date Day Lecture Topic Readings
(Nybakken)
Due Date
Jan 17 Tu Introduction    
  19 Th Abiotic Environment: Physical Factors 7-19  
    REC Introduction -- Hypothesis testing in marine science    
  24 Tu Abiotic Environment: Chemical Factors 1-7; 20-21
 
  26 Th General Marine Ecology 19-41  
    REC Oceanography Demonstration    
  31
Tu Plankton I 42-102
 
 Feb 2
Th Plankton II    "  
    REC How to evaluate marine research -- discussion of a 'classic' study Estes and Palmisano  
Feb 7
Tu Plankton Cont. / Nekton 103-143  
  9
Th Guest Lecture: Sharks, skates and rays *(date may change)
   
CF choice
    REC Plankton, Sponge and Cnidarian demos
 
  14 Tu Nekton 103-143  
  16 Th Guest Lecture: Marine Fisheries 500-518
 
    REC Marine Mammal Policy Debate Marine Mammal Papers Preparation for debate
  21
Tu Marine Mammals / Review for exam    
   
  23
Th EXAM I    Exam 1 Review Questions and Answers
  E1
    REC Movie -- Life in the Deep    
  28 Tu Deep Sea Biology I 144-195  Field Trip $
 Mar 2 Th Deep Sea Biology II  "
 
    REC Echinoderm and chordate demonstration    

7
Tu Subtidal Benthic Communities I 196-265  LR1
  9
Th Subtidal Benthic Communities II      "
    REC Mollusc and Annelid Demo    
  14
Tu NO CLASS -- SPRING BREAK    
  16 Th NO CLASS -- SPRING BREAK    
    REC NO SECTIONS -- SPRING BREAK    
  21
Tu Intertidal Ecology I 266-341  
  23
Th Intertidal Ecology II  "  
    REC Crustacean Demonstration    
  28 Tu Estuaries and Salt Marshes I 361-406  
  30
Th Estuaries and Salt Marshes II 518-530  
    REC Salt Marsh Organism Demonstration


Apr
4
Tu Estuaries Marshes / Review

 
6
Th EXAM 2   Review Questions and Answers   E2
    REC No recitation this week; finish your creature feature and study for the exam     
  11
Tu Meiofauna -- will be discussed in lab week of 17th April 342-360 CF final
  13
Th Coral reefs and mangroves I 407-474
 
    REC Movie -- Great Barrier Reef
   
  18 Tu Coral reefs and mangroves II   "  
  20
Th Coral Reefs / Symbiotic Relationships in the Sea 475-499
LR2
 
REC PREPARATION FOR FIELD TRIP -- short recitation
 

21-23
weekend
REC WEEKEND FIELD TRIP - Whale Watch, Woods Hole, Salt Marsh, New England Aquarium 


  25
Tu Graduate Student Presentations    
  27 Th Human Impacts Summarized; Marine Conservation  Naylor et al.
500-540
 
 
REC Shrimp Trawl Demonstration, Marine Conservation Discussion
 
 May 2
Tu Conservation, continued / REVIEW  
Review Questions and Answers
Final Exam Information

BR bonus & CF bonus

CUMULATIVE FINAL EXAM  DURING EXAM PERIOD

Grading
    Recitation Worksheets and Participation                      20 %
    Two literature reviews (LR1, LR2)                              10 %
    Creature Feature (CF)                                                10 % (bonus option 2%)
    Oceans in the News                                                      5 %            
    Exam 1 (E1)                                                               15 %            
    Exam 2 (E2)                                                               15 %
    Final Exam                                                                  25 %

Extra credit opportunities:
    15 ‘Review Questions of the Week’                   1 extra credit exam point each
    Review Bonus Games Before Tests                    1-3 bonus points
    Marine Book Review                                         up to 5%
          (see me by 1 April to arrange this)

Graduate Students (EFB 623)
Must also discuss primary literature in a seminar format once/week (10% of grade), write a term paper (15% of grade), and give a class presentation (5% of grade) to receive graduate credit.  See me for details after the first class.

Late Policy:

If you find that you have several assignments or outside obligations due on the same day, see me before the Marine Ecology assignment is due, and we can work out a reasonable extension.  If you don’t contact me before the assignment is due, I will generally accept late assignments, but at a late penalty of 10% per day.  So, obviously, if you anticipate difficulty with completing an assignment, you should contact me early!
Honor Code
ESF and SU students are bound by an academic honor code that details rights and responsibilities for study.  You should be aware that this code provides serious sanctions for academic dishonesty (including but not limited to plagiarism and cheating).  I expect that you will follow the honor code.  Any violation of the honor code will result in failing the assignment and/or failing the course.  If you have any questions about the ESF honor code or about what constitutes plagiarism or cheating, please either check the ESF website or come speak with me.
Class Absence
If you encounter a situation beyond your control during which you will be missing 3 or more days of classes, you can contact the Office of Student Life (110 Bray, (315) 470-6660, FAX: (315) 470-4728), and they will contact all your instructors for you.  Supportive documentation may be required.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
If you have an identified disability and will need accommodations, you should first contact Mr. Slocum in the Office of Student Life in 110 Bray Hall.  He will discuss the ESF process and work with you to access supportive services.  If you have a learning disability, the College will require you to provide supportive documentation and will develop an approved accommodation sheet for you.  Accommodations cannot be provided until the accommodation sheet is established and we have met to discuss its applicability to this course.  Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively.  If you have any questions about class absences or disabilities, please contact me and/or Mr. Slocum as soon as possible.  All conversations will be strictly confidential.

 

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