FHL 470 | Autumn 2016

Research in Marine Biology: Eelgrass Stressors

Credits: 6 (W credits)

Instructor(s): Dr. Sylvia Yang

Prerequisites:

This is offered as part of the Marine Biology Quarter in Autumn, 2016.

Seagrass meadows perform important ecological functions and ecosystem services, such as nutrient and carbon cycling and providing habitat for ecologically organisms. Eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) is a dominant seagrass species in soft-sediment coastal habitats of the northern hemisphere. Within Washington State, Z. marina has been emphasized as a “vital sign” of estuarine health by the Puget Sound Partnership, which mandated a goal of increasing the distribution of this species 20% by 2020 while understanding factors causing local declines. The aim of this 6-credit Research Experience course is to engage students in a team experimental investigation of environmental stressors that could limit eelgrass distribution and resilience in Puget Sound.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No textbook is required for this course.