█ TROPICAL MARINE ECOLOGY Chris Petersen & Helen Hess Course limit: 14 Cost: $1200* This course in tropical marine ecology explores topics including organismal diversity, natural history of fish, invertebrates, algae, habitat diversity (coral reefs, mangroves, etc.), fisheries, and conservation. Students meet as a class weekly, alternating between a single three hour evening seminar session and individual meetings with the instructors to discuss primary readings and research projects. In addition, this course includes a required 18–day field trip to the Yucatan over winter break. Fieldwork is based out of Akumal on the Yucatan peninsula. Prerequisites: a strong performance in previous classes (especially biology), the ability to work well as a member of a group, and enthusiasm; permission of instructors. *The estimated lab fee includes field trip lodging, food, and transportation.
█ WEED ECOLOGY Suzanne Morse Course limit: 10 Cost: $25 Most, if not all, farmers spend considerable time and money reducing weed pressure in order to insure crop quantity, quality, and clean harvests. In this advanced seminar we explore the basic biology of plants that establish themselves in human managed systems. Topics to be covered in the seminar include definitions of weediness, ecological and evolutionary relationships between weeds and crops, life history strategies, plant population dynamics, physiology, allelopathy, biological control, herbicides, herbicide resistance, methods to study crop/weed interactions; and the impact of the different perceptions of farmers and researchers regarding weeds and weed management. The laboratory portion of the course will focus on weed identification of roadsides, pastures, field, and vegetable crops; seed bank analysis; experiments in crop weed interactions; and the testing of the efficacy of different weeding strategies. Assessment will be based on attendance, in class discussion, weekly readings of primary papers and their presentation, laboratory reports, and an oral exam. The course will meet 5 times during the spring term and for two ten-day intensive sessions in June and in the beginning of fall term. Prerequisites: Ecology, Evolution, Evolutionary Processes in Plants, Theory and Practice of Organic Gardening, or Statistics and permission of instructor.
STUDENT MARINA GARLAND CONDUCTING INVERTEBRATE RESEARCH IN BELIZE
█ WINTER ECOLOGY Steve Ressel Course limit: 14 Cost: $75 In higher latitudes and higher altitudes of the world, up to nine months of each year can be spent locked in winter. Although migratory species appear to have a selective advantage over non-migratory species during the winter season, year round resident animals have evolved a remarkable array of physiological, morphological, and behavioral adaptations that allow them to cope with potentially lethal environmental conditions. In this course, we focus on the special challenges of animals wintering in northern latitudes. Some of the topics that we address are: the physical properties of snow and ice, general strategies of animals for coping with sub freezing temperatures, life in the subnivean environment, animal energetics and nutrition, physiological acclimatization, and humans and cold. There are two discussions/ lectures and one field exercise every week, as well as two weekend field trips. Students should be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outdoors in winter conditions. Students are evaluated on class participation, exams, and a student term project. Prerequisites: Biology i and ii or equivalent.
This is the College of the Atlantic Guidebook prospectus for 2014