Coral Reef Ecology

frogfish_studentsCoral Reef Ecology introduces students to basic ecological and biological principles such as competition, diversity, symbiosis, disturbance, adaptation, reproduction, and recruitment as well as basic biology and identification of the major taxa living in coral reef ecosystems. This course also examines the importance of seagrass and mangrove ecosystems and gives an introduction to oceanography and planktonic communities. Scuba and snorkeling excursions to the coral reef and laboratory sessions supplement the lectures and give students practical experience. Contact hours: 60. Recommended Credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Instructor: dr. Franziska Elmer

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