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Courses in Marine Biology

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BIO 343 Invertebrate Zoology. Aspects of the diversity, comparative and functional morphology, natural history, evolution, and water-land transitions of invertebrates exclusive of arthropods; three hours of lecture and one three-and-one-half-hour laboratory per week.

Prereq. Bio 201

Spring 4 credits Professor G. Hechtel

BIO 346 Aquatic Arthropods and Vertebrates. Aspects of the diversity, comparative and funcitonal morphology, natural history, and evolution of arthropods and vertebratres. Water-land transitions are considered. Three hours of lecture and one three-and-one-half-hour laboratory per week. Not for credit in addition to BIO 344 or the discontinued BIO 341.

Prereq. Bio 201 Professor G, Hechtel

Spring 4 credits

BIO 353. Marine Ecology. A survey of biotic responses to ecological challenges in different marine realms. Controls of diversity and trophic structure in the marine ecosystem, historical aspects of marine ralms, productivity in the oceans, plankton, soft-bottom communities, intertidal habitatis, coral reefs, deep-sea environments, and effects of pollution in the ocean are discussed. Crosslisted with GEO 353.

Spring 3 credits Professor J. Levinton

MAR 301 Environmental Microbiology

Microbiological mediation of natural processes in marine freshwater, soil, and groundwater habitats, as well as microbial potential for remediation of pollutants and public health issues. The course includes a survey of taxononmic and metabolic diversity, elementary cell biology, nutrition, environmental controls on physiology and adaptations, biogeochemical cycles, and modern methods of sampling and analysis. Not for credit in addition to BIO 357.

Mandatory Prerequisites: BlO 201,202; CHE 111 or 131 or 142

Spring Semesters, 4 credits, Prof. Taylor


MAR 302 Marine Microbiology and Microbial Ecology. Introduction to the evolution, diversity and importance of the microbial flora of the sea. Lectures highlight the physiological disctions and ecological functions of each of the major microbial groups (viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoans, algae). Particular emphasis is placed on the role of these microoganisms in many of the lemental (geochemical) cycles of the oceans. As pects of the microbiota as agents of pollution or detoxification are also discusses.

Prereq. Bio 201 or 202, CHE 132 or 142

Spring 3 credits, Profs. G. Taylor and J. Aller


Mar 303. Marine Habitats. A field course emphasizing local Long Island marine habitats and their biota and ecology.

Prereq. U3 or U4 Standing, BIO 201

Fall 2 credits

MAR 305 Experimental Marine Biology. Students design and condu t experiemtns in the lab and at local field sites, collect and analyzre data, and use scientific literature to interpret and present results in papers and oral presentations.

Prereq. Upper Division standing; BIO 202 BIO 351 or 353; CHE 132; BIO 305 or AMS 110 recommended

Spring 3 credits, Prof. R, Cerrato

MAR 335 Primary Productivity in the Sea. A review of classic and current research on proimary production by marine phytoplankton and macroalgae. Topics include phtosynthesis and growth, nutrients, temporal an dspatial variability, competiton, and predation. May not be taken for credit in addition to the Discontinued MAR 337

Prereq. Che 132 or 142; BIO 202; one upper div. BIO course as approved by the instructor; CHE 322 or 332 recommended

Fall 2 credits

MAR 366 Marine Plankton. An introduction to the bilogy of the plant and animal plankton present in the sea. Techniques of collection, enumeration, and identification of phytoplankton and zooplankton are described. Life histories are studies and factors that influence seasonal changes in species and biomass are examined.

Prereq. BIO 201,202

Fall 3 credits, Prof. J. Collier

MAR 370 Marine Mammals. The biology of the major groups of marine mammals, including cetaceans, pinnipeds and sirenians. Topics include evolutionary history and adaptation, thermoregulation, locomotion and foraging, diving physiology and behavior, communication and sensory systems, social behaviorm reproduction, eergetics, distribution patterns, exploitation and conservation.
Prerequisites BIO 201 and 203 (although we will be flexible this semester for interested students).
3 credits
Instructor for fall 2005: Jessica Dutton

TuTh 950-1110, Endeavor 110

MAR 375 Principles of fish biology and fisheries: This undergraduate course emphasizes the interface between fish biology and fisheries management.

Fall 3 credits, Not offered right now

MAR 413 Marine Biochemistry. Survey of biochemical features and adaptations characteristic of the marine biota. Specific topics to be discussed include salinity, temperature and pressure adatpations calcification and silicification, marine natural products and toxins, bioluminescence, and phtotosynthetic light adaptation.

Prereq. BIO 361

Spring 3 credits