(junior, senior, graduate)
Credit: 3 credits (2.5 hrs/week of lecture and 1 weekend field trip)
Participating Universities: Any four-year university in the state of Louisiana
When: Spring semester, Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Where: Offered by faculty of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON via video conferencing)
Course Prerequisites: Advanced undergraduate or graduate level with a background in science, or permission of the lead instructor.
Short Course Description: Advanced topics in marine science focusing on the effects of human activities on the chemistry, biology, and ecology and ecosystem structure of coastal marine environments.
Detailed Course Description: Coastal oceans are among the most valuable and heavily impacted environments on earth. Human activities such as commercial and recreational fishing, water management, mariculture, land development, shipping, and mineral exploitation have significant ecological effects on coastal environments. In addition, human activities that occur far inland affect coastal oceans through runoff and atmospheric deposition. In this course, faculty of the LUMCON will present a series of lectures on the effects of human activities on the chemistry, biology, ecology and ecosystem structure and function within coastal marine environments. Topics describing recent changes in the coastal ocean and addressing their implications include: pollution, climate change, habitual change, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, coral reefs, coastal fisheries, coastal zone management, and others. The course includes one weekend field trip to the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, where the instructors will use the local coastal environment to illustrate topics that have been discussed in lectures.
Live and interactive video conferencing allows lectures to be presented at LUMCON
and received anywhere there is an adequate internet connection.
Registration procedures are the same as for other courses. Although the course
will be taught by LUMCON faculty, you will earn full credit from your
university. Talk to your academic advisor or registrar office for details. Although the course will be taught by LUMCON faculty, you will earn full credit from your university. Course availability on your campus may be dependent on the number of registrants from your campus. Questions about course specifics, topics, field trip, and eligibility can be directed to either the lead instructor or course coordinators.