Fall 2020 Course Schedule


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BIOL 532 Restoration Ecology 

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 - 12:15

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and BIOL 240.

Description: Focuses on the restoration of degraded habitats with an emphasis on the application of ecological theory to restoration practice. A variety of habitats will be covered especially those common to the Bay Area.

Units: 3

Instructor: Dr. Katharyn Boyer



BIOL 582  – Biological Oceanography

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 - 12:15 

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and BIOL 240. 

Description: Physical characteristics of oceans; biology of plankton and benthos, emphasizing production and food webs. Identification, sampling, and productivity measurements of marine organisms. Classwork, 3 units; laboratory and field work, 1 unit. Extra fee required.

Units: 4

Instructor: Dr. Ed Carpenter


BIOL 585  – Marine Ecology

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 - 15:15 

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and BIOL 240. Intended for Biology majors.

Description: Plant and animal relationships in near-shore marine communities and temperate zone communities of the central California coast.

Units: 3

Instructor: Dr. Sarah Cohen


BIOL 708  –  Scientific Methods for Professional Aquatic Scientists

Thursdays, 13:30 - 16:30

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Description: Introduction to research tools and approaches used by scientists including: software for data analysis and presentation, using scientific literature, experimental design, writing scientific papers and proposals, professional communication (oral, poster, letter), time and stress management. (Plus-minus letter grade only).

Units: 3

Instructor: Dr. William Cochlan


GEOG 857  –  Issues in Marine & Coastal Conservation

Fridays, 9:30 - 12:00 

Prerequisites: Restricted to graduate students in geography; GEOG 801 or BIOL 708; or consent of instructor.

Description: Exploration of issues of marine, wetland and coastal conservation due to human exploitation of resources. Discussions include critical evaluations of landmark and current research; topics of relevance to individual student research. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

Units: 3

Instructor: Dr. Ellen Hines

MSCI 709  – Foundations in Global Change in Urbanized Coasts & Estuaries 

Mondays and Wednesdays,  9:00 - 12:00

Prerequisite: Admission to the Interdisciplinary MS RIP TIDES Graduate Training Program; concurrent enrollment in BIOL 708. 

Description: Developing interdisciplinary working knowledge at intersection of global change (climate change, ocean acidification, invasive species, disease, land use), coastal oceanography (physical, biological, chemical, geological), marine/estuarine biology (biodiversity, population, ecosystem, physiology), and societal issues (general public, managers, policymakers). (Plus-minus letter grade only)

Units: 3

Instructor: Dr. Frances Wilkerson


MSCI 788 – Professional Internship in Marine and Estuarine Sciences

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:20 

Prerequisites: Admission to the Interdisciplinary MS RIP TIDES Graduate Training Program.

Description: Professional internship with a partner organization one day per week. Partners are from wide range of organizations where scientific information is used, not generated. Students will relate what they learn to classmates during weekly group meetings and group discussions with internship mentors to address student career planning questions. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

Units: 3

Instructor: Dr. Karina Nielsen


MSCI 883 – Seminar in Marine Biology (Current EOS Center Research)

Wednesdays, 15:30 - 17:30

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Description: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a total of 4 units when topics vary

Units: 2

Instructor: Dr. Frances Wilkerson




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