May 29, 2023  
2021-22 UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-22 UMM Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIO 352 - Algal & Marine Plant Ecology

This course will engage students in studies and active research in the functional biology, ecology, physiology, taxonomy and identification of algae and marine plants (primarily marine macrophytes).  The course will focus on 1) the abiotic and biotic factors affecting their growth and distribution, 2) the structural and physiological differences in their taxonomic and functional groups, 3) the role of algae and plants as important foundation species for habitat and food in major marine communities, and 4) the contrasting ecological differences structuring those communities.  Students will learn to identify and collect local algae and marine plants through herbaria.  Students will use a variety of species and systems to read about, ask and answer experimental questions related to the ecology and physiology of these organisms.  Original research will occur in the field and laboratory through a process of guided inquiry.  Students will learn to read and write papers using statistical analyses and the scientific format.

Prerequisites: BIO 117, BIO 119, ENV 103, BIO 206, CHY 101, CHY 102 (may be concurrent), MAT 215, MAT 315, or permission of instructor.

Course Typically Offered Every Spring

Credits: 4