In this graduate-level course for science and non-science majors, we will examine the marine environment from its origin (rivers) to its deepest reaches (deep-sea trenches) and everything in between. We will begin by examining the distribution of water on earth and its influence on climate. Next we will examine the path of water from rivers, through estuaries, to the sea. In that process, life in the marine environment, from plants through animals, will be discussed. We will continue our journey from the estuaries into the coastal seas, with discussion of the physical factors that shape the coastal zone, sea shores, and major ecosystem types. Emphasis will be placed on Florida’s coastal zone (e.g., coral reefs). Traveling seaward across the continental shelves, we will reach earth’s largest ecosystem (by far), the deep sea. Structuring features of this enormous environment will be discussed, and students will be introduced to the myriad bizarre-looking life forms in the deep. Last, selected conservation issues facing the marine environment will be discussed, including fisheries, endangered species, marine protected areas, and aquaculture.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
describe the hydrological cycle, understand the underlying structure of marine food chains
understand the differences in the types of organisms found in different marine environments
and understand the cumulative impacts of human effects on the marine environment and what steps are needed to manage these effects to achieve sustainability
The Mission of the Oceanographic Center is to carry out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines.
NSU Oceanographic Center is located in Hollywood, Florida with mailing address: NSU Oceanographic Center 8000 North Ocean Drive Dania Beach, FL 33004 Phone:(800)39-OCEAN (954)262-3600 http://www.nova.edu/ocean/ This website is maintained by the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center. Nova Southeastern University