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BIO/GEO 353 - Marine Ecology - Spring 2013 – Syllabus and Course Description

Note: The course web site is NOT on Blackboard. The URL is: For general information, consult the university academic calendar for spring.

All downloadable exercises and assignments will be obtained from this URL. There will be no paper handed out in class after this syllabus.

Please note: The powerpoint notes are not complete course notes and you cannot study only from them to pass the course. In many cases the powerpoints are only in outline structure. Photos are also sometimes missing in the downloads.

CLASS MEETS IN ROOM 079 EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES BUILDING, MWF 11:00-11:53 A.M. Instructor - Jeffrey Levinton, rm 680 Life Sciences (phone 28602; email, Office Hrs: M 2:30-4:00, phone or email anytime for appt. or Do drop in!)

Teaching Assistant – Abby Cahill, rm 608 Life Sciences. email, Office Hrs: (TH 10-12, email anytime for appt. or drop in.)


Downloading ppt lectures: The transparencies were prepared in Microsoft PowerPoint and you will be downloading pdf file versions. If you click the links on the syllabus document (e.g., "Ch. 1, 2" in the week of Jan. 31) the pdf file will start to automatically download and will probably open up on your computer. DO NOT OPEN THEM UP BEFORE MONDAY OF THE WEEK A CHAPTER IS COVERED. THEY ARE BEING REVISED.

Required textbook: Levinton, J. 2009. Marine Biology: Function, Biodiversity, Ecology, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, New York. Available at Stony Brook University Bookstore

Lecture Schedule and Text Assignments

Week of:
28 Jan Introduction: The Ocean, Topography, Sea Floor (Ch. 1, Ch. 2) 4 Feb The Ocean (Cont'd) Circulation, Coastal Processes (Ch. 2) How Coriolis Effect works going east and west
11 Feb Ecological Principles (Ch. 3) [GRAPHICS AND DATA INTERPRETATION EXERCISE, DUE Friday Feb. 15 in class] 18 Feb Physiological Responses to Marine Environments (Ch. 4) 25 Feb Life in a Fluid Medium (Ch. 5)

4 Mar Reproductive Strategies, Dispersal, and Migration (Ch. 6) [EXAM I on March 8, covers Chs 1-5] 11 Mar Life in Open Water (Ch. 7 and Ch. 8) [RESEARCH LITERATURE EXERCISE, DUE MON. MAR. 11 in class] 18 Mar Spring Break

25 Mar Critical Factors in Plankton Abundance (Ch. 9)
Apr 1 Productivity in the Sea (Ch. 10) [PAPER I DUE THURSDAY MARCH 28, 5 P.M.] 8 Apr Marine Benthic Life Habits (Ch. 13)
15 Apr The Tidelands and Estuaries (Ch. 14)
[EXAM II on FRIDAY, 19 APR. Covers Ch. 6-13)]

22 Apr Sea Grass Beds, Kelp Forests, Coral Reefs (Ch.15)
29 Apr From the Continental Shelf to the Deep Sea, Patterns in Marine Diversity (Ch. 16, Ch. 17); Chapter 16: read pp. 466-491; Chapter 17: read pp. 492-508 6 May Food From the Sea (Ch. 18), Pollution (Ch. 19) [PAPER II DUE THURSDAY MAY 9, 5 P.M] 13-22 May FINALS PERIOD [EXAM III, covers Ch. 14-19] Final Exam is Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 11:15-12:15.

REQUIRED FIELD TRIP Saturday, May 11, 8 A.M. or Sunday, May 12, 9 A.M.



Marine ecology is the study of the relationship of marine organisms to their environment and the effect of these relationships to their distribution and abundance. We will first introduce aspects of oceanography and sea water properties necessary to understand how marine creatures survive and reproduce. Next, we will discuss physiological function and reproduction. We will introduce the organisms living in open waters and then we will cover coastal marine habitats. Important will be a synthesis of how the overall ocean influences the diversity of marine life. Finally, we will discuss fisheries, mariculture, and pollution.


The following learning outcomes are expected to be met in this course

-An ability to apply general principles of ecology and...
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