In this class we will take a deeper look at some of the complexities of doing conservation biology work in the marine realm. We will start by looking at the physical constraints on populations brought about by oceanography and fluid dynamics. Then we will expand and look at the legal constraints on conservation brought about by closed and open areas of the sea. This class will draw from all marine ecosystems but we will have a special emphasis placed on coral reefs as our spring trip will be to the Glover’s Reef Research Station in Belize, operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The class will consist of lectures, primary readings, debates and field work. We will be using Marine Conservation Ecology by Roff and Zacharias as our primary resource. Additionally, since a major component of the course will be taking place in the Caribbean, we will be using the Reef Set by Humann and DeLoach. We are also recommending the excellent text Reef Madness by David Dobbs. These texts are available through Book Culture on 112th between Broadway and Amsterdam.
Tentative Schedule here
N.B. This class will require students to pass a swim test. This will ensure you are comfortable enough in the water to participate in the 6+ hours of water time per day we will expect over spring break. You will also need to purchase your own fins, snorkel, mask and safety vest. Please make sure that the first time you wear these items is NOT when we arrive in Belize. There are many different on-line distributors for these items. I personally like Joe Diver America.