The spring session offers specialized courses intended to complete our students’ training in marine biology and ecology. In addition to a continued emphasis on field study as a complement to lecture material, current lab techniques are used to address ecological questions and issues.
Students are now well-prepared to explore and appreciate the biological diversity of Pacific Northwest marine ecosystems at a state-of-the-art marine laboratory located within steps of several distinct marine habitats. Students once again have the opportunity to conduct independent research projects.
Physiological and Molecular Marine Ecology
BIOL 5529, 3 credits
Explores the physiological responses of marine organisms to natural and anthropogenic variation in a variety of environmental factors. Molecular techniques are demonstrated as a means of determining genetic relationships at the species and population level for the study of ecological & evolutionary questions.
Instructor: Dr. Sean Place
Marine Birds and Mammals
BIOL 5509/5510, 3 credits
A lecture and field course that examines the principles of behavior, evolution, classification, anatomy and physiology of seabirds and marine mammals. Field trips and boat cruises facilitate observations of local marine birds and mammals.
Instructor: W. Breck Tyler
Marine Conservation Biology
BIOL 5527, 3 credits
Examine several critical issues facing marine ecosystems, including: invasive species, marine pollution and eutrophication, fisheries impacts, physical alteration of habitats, and global climate change. Field time will be spent surveying habitats within the Friday Harbor Laboratory marine life refuge, and in adjacent habitats outside the reserve as part of a long-term monitoring effort.
Instructor: Dr. Kathy Ann Miller
Independent Study in Marine Biology
BIOL 5978, 3 credits
Optional undergraduate credit for research projects on tropical marine biological topics.