BIOE 128L - Large Marine Vertebrates

Instructor: Patrick Robinson (
Office hours: COH 148A, Tuesday 12-2pm and by appointment

TA: Chandra Goetsch (
Office hours: COH 149, Monday 12-2pm and by appointment

Click HERE to meet your fellow students!

Click HERE for the class project guidelines

Example proposal (From Patrick's grad school project)

Northern elephant seal data (MatLab and google earth files)

California sea lion data (MatLab and google earth files)

MatLab Tutorial documentation

Course Syllabus - Note: Schedule will be modified throughout the quarter.





Mon. Jan. 7:


NMFS permit, IACUC permit


Wed. Jan. 9:

Mini conference 8:30am, then Ethics + Field info

Ethics Chapter, Eseal Research Effects


Mon. Jan. 14:

Ano Nuevo Field Trip

Elephant Seal Paper, Eseal SOP


Wed. Jan. 16:

Class canceled



Wed. Jan. 23:

Scientific reading, writing, and reviewing

How to read a paper, NSF grant proposal


Mon. Jan. 28:

Kimberly Goetz: Aerial/ship surveys

Goetz Paper


Wed. Jan. 30:

Guest Lecture: working with animals in aquaria

Reichmuth Paper


Mon. Feb. 4:

Guest Lecture: Unique logistics of sea otters

Tinker Paper


Wed. Feb. 6:

Dr. Huckstadt: Stable isotopes

Isotope Paper


Mon. Feb. 11:

Goetsch/Conners: fatty acid analysis

Fatty-Acid Paper


Wed. Feb. 13:




Wed. Feb. 20:

Dr. Southall: Behavioral Response Study

BRS Paper


Mon. Feb. 25:

Dr. Costa: Tagging and Tracking



Wed. Feb 27:

Bill Henry: Seabirds

Henry Paper


Mon. March 4:

Dr. Costa: Energetics + funding



Wed. March 6:

Dr. Friedlander: Working with large whales



Mon. March 11:

How to give effective presentations



Wed. March 13:

Presentation work day



Mon. March 18:

Mini-Conference: formal presentation of projects



Wed. March 20:

Final exam



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