Bowdoin Marine Science Semester course archive

Fall 2016, 2015

1. Biology 2501 a. INS. Biological Oceanography. Bobbie Lyon.
Emphasizes the fundamental biological processes operating in near and off-shore pelagic environments, including the factors that drive primary production and the structure and function of food webs. It will also review basic physical oceanography: the major ocean current systems, the physical structure of the water column, and coastal dynamics. Field trips to Harpswell Sound,  Casco Bay, and the greater Gulf of Maine will introduce students to the methods and data of biological oceanography. Taught in residence at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, Coastal Studies Center. (Same as Environmental Studies 2231.) Prerequisite: Biology 1102, or Biology 1109 and Mathematics 1000 or higher. (Biological Oceanography is an upper level elective for the biology major and counts as an elective for the earth and oceanographic science major and environmental studies coordinate major at Bowdoin.)

2. Biology 2232 a. MCSR. Benthic Ecology. David Carlon.
Explores the physical and biological processes that organize benthic communities in temperate and tropical environments. Field exercises will demonstrate the quantitative principles of marine ecological research, including robust design of field surveys and experiments. Students will directly participate in an intertidal monitoring study designed to detect long-term changes in the Gulf of Maine. A trip to Baja California will introduce the structure and function of tropical systems. Taught in residence at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, Coastal Studies Center. (Same as Environmental Studies 2232.) Prerequisite: Biology 1102, or Biology 1109 and Mathematics 1000 or higher. (Benthic Ecology counts as an elective for the biology major and the environmental studies coordinate major at Bowdoin.)

3. Biology 2330 a. MCSR. Marine Molecular Ecology & Evolution. Sarah Kingston.
Features the application of molecular data to ecological and evolutionary problems in the sea. Hands on laboratory work will introduce students to sampling, generation, and analysis of molecular data sets with Sanger-based technology and Next Generation Sequencing. Lectures, discussions, and computer-based simulations will demonstrate the relevant theoretical principles of population genetics and phylogenetics. A class project will begin a long-term sampling program, that uses DNA barcoding to understand temporal and spatial change in the ocean. Taught at the Bowdoin Marine Laboratory, Coastal Studies Center. (Same as Environmental Studies 2233.) Prerequisite: Biology 1102, or Biology 1109 and Mathematics 1000 or higher. (Marine Molecular Ecology and Evolution is a group 3 core course for the biology major and counts as an elective for the environmental studies coordinate major at Bowdoin.)

4. English 2802 c. Writing about the Coastal Environment. Russ Rymer.
This is a creative writing course whose subject is environmental science. Students will spend a month in a concentrated writing program involving intensive reading and composition. The reading will emphasize the work of science journalists and of scientists writing for lay publications. We will use the readings to explore what makes a worthy (or flawed) translation of complicated science concepts into layman’s language. Considerations of accuracy, complexity, readability and style will be applied directly to students’ writing projects, which will include daily blog posts, short assignments, and a longer opus requiring more extensive research and reporting, whose final form will incorporate all aspects of long-form science writing. Writing assignments are designed to help students bridge between their scientific research and the larger public world that their research involves and affects. To that end, stories may dovetail with lab work students have been pursuing during the semester. Taught at the Coastal Studies Center.(Same as Environmental Studies 2802) (Writing about the Coastal Environment counts as an elective for the environmental studies coordinate major at Bowdoin). Prerequisite: None