A course using a systems-based approach to examining shallow tropical marine ecosystems (mangroves, seagrass meadows, and coral reefs). This course will provide in-depth coverage of the biology, ecology, distribution, and status of these systems. Additionally, it will explore the goods, services they provide and their value as well as the impacts and threats posed to these systems. Policy and management challenges will also be examined. Practical, field-based exposure to these systems will build on the theoretical components of the course.
MBIO 308: Tropical Marine Ecology