Marine Ecology (6 weeks; May 20 - June 27)
Instructor: Dr. Chris Neufeld (Quest U)
This hands-on field based course will focus on the ecology of local intertidal and subtidal habitats. In the first part of the course, students will study the fundamental ecological theories developed and applied in the marine environment. During regular field trips students will learn many of the essential tools of practicing marine ecologists (quadrat and transect sampling, biodiversity measurement, mark-recapture, intertidal elevation measurement, local species identification, and natural history). In the second part of the course, students will apply their new skills and knowledge first to an ongoing long-term monitoring project and then while conducting semi-independent research projects developed in conjunction with their instructors and classmates.