Aquatic, coastal and marine ecosystems can be exposed to a number of biological stressors and disturbances such as (i) invasive species (e.g. lionfish, Asian carp, zebra mussels),(ii) outbreaks (e.g. crown-of-thorns starfish, mat tunicates), and (iii) diseases (e.g. Eelgrass wasting disease, Fibropapilloma in sea turtles), and (iv) mass mortality events (e.g. Diadema epizootic, 1998 worldwide coral bleaching, fish kills associated with HABs). The focus of this course shall include case studies from current scientific literature, anthropogenic and environmental factors that influence IODs, disturbance and adaptation theories, and contemporary solutions for prevention and protection.
Describe the causes and effects of aquatic species introductions on native populations
Discuss the impacts of outbreaks on community dynamics
Summarize the characteristics, prevalence and virulence of aquatic diseases
Discuss regeneration and recovery following mass mortality events
Identify anthropogenic and environmental factors that can influence biological disturbances
Describe disturbance and adaptation theories
Discuss local, national and international environmental programs related to prevention and protection
Write a report based on an Aquatic IOD topics
Apply concepts to improve scientific and environmental literacy
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