Tentative Syllabus Fall 2017

Where: Long Marine Lab – Seymour Marine Discovery Teaching lab (by the blue whale skeleton)
When:  Mondays, Wednesdays – 8:00-12:00
Diving is usually at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove, 6:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Mark Carr  LML-COH 254-A (; 459-3958)
Office Hours: By appointment

Pete Raimondi  LML-COH 254-B (; 459-5674)
Office Hours: By appointment

Kat Beheshti LML-COH 255 831-459-5783
Office Hours: by appointment

Josh Smith LML-COH 255; 559-999-0332
Office Hours: by appointment and TBD

Principal course goals

  1. Introduce students to the existing knowledge, hypotheses, and disputes   regarding the abiotic and biotic processes that determine the structure and dynamics of kelp forest ecosystems
  2. Familiarize students with critical reading of primary published literature in kelp forest ecology
  3. Introduce students to sampling designs and methods commonly used for ecological research underwater
  4. Teach students how to identify the common macroalgae, macroinvertebrates and fishes that inhabit central California kelp forests
  5. Teach students how to write scientific papers
  6. Provide students with experience in doing ecological research of their own, including: formulating questions, collecting and analyzing ecological data, writing scientific reports, and giving and receiving critical feedback
  7. Provide students with experience in verablly presenting their independent research projects

Course Prerequisites

1. Biology 20A, 20B, and 20C or equivalent (1 yr Introductory Biology)

2. Bioe 75 (Scientific Diving) or the equivalent AAUS Scientific Diving certification is a prerequisite. Note that several SCUBA courses are prerequisites to Bioe75.  Visit to learn about the schedule of these courses.

3. Physical examinations:  Participation in this course requires a physical examination. SCUBA divers may elect to have the UCSC/AAUS physical exam or the NOAA SCUBA physical exam.  To participate in diving activities sanctioned by NOAA (e.g., on a NOAA research vessel or supervised by a NOAA staff), the NOAA SCUBA physical exam is required. Visit to learn about the two exams.

Recommended courses

Invertebrate Zoology (Bio 136)
Principles of Ecology (Bio 150 or ES 24)
Marine Ecology (Bio 160)
Fish Biology (Bio 137)
Marine Botany (Bio 170)
Introduction to Biostatistics (Engr 5 or 7)

Criteria for grades and evaluations

The lecture (161) and field (161L) portions of this course are thoroughly integrated. Consequently you will receive a single written evaluation or grade for both sections. This will be based on the following approximate breakdown of activities in the class:

Written field reports 30 %

Mid-term examination 25 %

Participation in reading discussion 10 %

Independent project planning and execution 15 %

Independent project oral & written report 20 %

Required textbook:

Strunk, W. and E.B. White. 1979. The Elements of Style, 4th Edition. Allyn & Bacon, Needham Heights, Massachusetts

Required identification guides:

  • Gotschall, D.W. 1994. Guide to Marine Invertebrates – Alaska to Baja California. .Sea Challengers, Inc. Monterey, California.
  • Mondragon, J. and J. Mondragon. 2003. Seaweeds of the Pacific Coast: Common Marine Algae from Alaska to Baja California. Sea Challengers, Inc. Monterey, California.

and one of the following fish identification guides:

  • Gotschall, D.W. 2001. Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes. Fourth Edition (revised).  Sea Challengers, Inc. Monterey, California
  • Humann, P. 1996. Coastal fish identification: California to Alaska. New World Publications, Inc.
  • Eschmeyer, W.N. and E.S. Herald. 1983. A Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes, North America. Peterson Field Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston.

Tentative schedule