Independent Research in Marine Ecology and Biology

Students carry out a project on a topic of their choice in one of the subject areas: coral reef ecology, marine conservation management, scientific methodology or another subject matter accepted by the instructor/advisors. The project initiates with a research proposal and culminates in a research paper that will be published in the CIEE journal Physis: Journal of Marine Science. Students learn the basic elements of the research process: finding a topic, formulating a research question, seeking answers using the appropriate field and laboratory research methods, verbalizing research results, presenting scientific research in a public forum, and publishing a scientific paper in a student journal. Contact hours: 60. Recommended Credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Instructors: dr. Franziska Elmer and Zac Kohl, ms

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