Biological Oceanography (3 weeks; July 21 – August 8)
Instructor: Dr. Ed Buskey (U of Texas)
An introduction to the organisms of the open sea and coastal zone, their adaptations to the environment, and the factors that control their productivity, distribution and abundance. Emphasis will be placed on the interdisciplinary nature of biological oceanography by exploring the effects of physical and chemical oceanographic processes on the productivity of the sea over time and space, and the effects of human activities on pelagic marine life. The course incorporates lectures with class discussions and will emphasize laboratory and field work with organisms found in the coastal waters of British Columbia. A class research project will provide further opportunity for students to explore aspects of the biological oceanography of Barkley Sound.