FHL 568 A | Summer A 2018
Marine Subtidal Ecology 2018
This course focuses on learning key ecological concepts, skills, and tools applied to the subtidal marine environment. Of primary importance, students will be trained as scientific divers in accordance with the standards set by the American Academy of Underwater Scientists (AAUS).
Students will conduct group and independent research projects addressing a tractable question in temperate subtidal ecology; the skills and principles of ecology will, however, be broadly applicable to underwater science.
The class, working together, will contribute to a collaborative international subtidal research project on kelp ecosystem ecology (kelp experimental ecology network). This group project will provide an opportunity for students to learn methods and collect initial data using a standardized protocol that will form the basis of individual research projects.
Specific topics of instruction will include local oceanography, subtidal natural history, ecological pattern and process, species interactions, experimental design, and applied statistics.
Prior to the course, students will have to meet specific SCUBA diving requirements, and will have completed a course in ecology OR marine biology. There is no textbook for this course – instead, the instructors will draw on the primary literature for lectures and activities (as well as the UW Dive Safety Manual and the required materials for SDI Rescue and Enriched Air Nitrox Certifications). Student learning will be assessed through a combination of exams (e.g., AAUS certification exam, marine life identification, in-water evaluations), paper discussions, assignments (e.g., short lab reports), and a final research project.
Doing scientific research underwater means working underwater; throughout the course we will help students develop the skills and confidence to safely do this kind of work in their study system. The training will include visits (and input!) from scientific diving instructors from around the NW, evening discussions of accident case studies, and extensive pool and in-water skills and rescue drills. Photo credits: Galloway, Lowe, and Graham.
Please note that there will be Scientific Diving Fees in addition to course fees. A lab fee of $600 will be assessed.
Instructors for this course are: