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BIO 390


Selected topics in biology are offered. Prerequisite: one year of biology or permission of instructor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
One year of biology or permission of instructor 1/2-1 course

Fall Semester information

Sarah Lee

390A: Tps:Marine Climate Change

This course will examine climate change in marine ecosystems from ecological and conservation perspectives. Using a combination of primary scientific literature and the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, students will investigate and discuss (1) the physical and geochemical basis of marine climate change, (2) the associated impacts on marine populations and communities, and (3) strategies to mitigate or adapt to the consequences.

The primary goal is for students to be able to explain the fundamental causes and consequences of marine climate change AND to hone their ability to make and defend arguments based on scientific reasoning and published evidence. Students will prepare critical evaluations of each reading and take turns presenting papers and leading discussion. As a capstone to the course, each student will write a popular press style article about a topic of his or her choice.