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The purpose of this course is to introduce students to commonly employed sampling designs and methods and the diversity of coastal intertidal environments of the Monterey Bay area. The course involves class projects and supervised individual research projects. Students will carry out a complete research project, including (1) the formation of hypotheses, (2) the design and implementation of experiments, (3) collection, analysis and interpretation of data, and (4) write up and oral presentation. Because participation in this course relies heavily on your personal research effort, strong personal motivation to conduct field or lab research will be mandatory for its successful completion.