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BCOR 5560 Marine Biodiversity: Getting Started

Course Guide for the OC Core Course in Marine Biodiversity (BCOR 5560)

Your First Stop in Oceanography Research

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BCOR 5560 - Marine Biodiversity

Globally, biodiversity is being dramatically altered by human activities. This is especially evident in the marine environment. Because many species remain undiscovered, and ecological roles of existing species are poorly understood, the magnitude of these changes is difficult to evaluate. This course will discuss multiple aspects of marine biodiversity including: definition and importance of marine biodiversity to marine conservation issues; threats to marine biodiversity including non‐indigenous species introductions; impediments to marine conservation; scientific constraints; developing tools and forums for conserving marine biodiversity, and evaluating existing marine biodiversity initiatives currently in place and planned. Management approaches such as marine protected areas, no‐take or completely protected reserves, and special management areas will be discussed and evaluated.


 

Recommended Textbook

Knecht, G. Bruce. 2007. Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, And the Perfect Fish 
ISBN: 1594866945 or 978159486694 

The students will:

  • understand the complex nature of the process that affect and control marine biodiversity
  • learn the history of biodiversity, both in a traditional sense and the post-modern synthesis now taking place
  • will be familiar with the major paradigms used to explain biogeographic pattern, and how emerging studies are calling into question long-held traditions and beliefs of what marine biodiversity is and how it is managed. 
  • understand the power of hypothetico deductive methods, and how it is employed in pattern process models of biodiversity
  • identify threats to biodiversity and what mechanisms are emerging to address loss of biodiversity
  • gain understanding of the impact and rapid spread of non-indigenous marine species, methods of introduction and spread, and current control measures
  • gain knowledge of  how major fisheries management programs relate to biodiversity loss and conservation
  • have a detailed understanding of the global, basin, regional, and local threats to marine environments
  • be able to conceptualize research and management actions to prevent loss of diversity
  • understand major legislative and legal actions of governments and institutions that have been enacted to deal with threats to biodiversity.
  • measure  the success/failure of current action strategies, such as Marine Protected Areas, by applying lessons learned and incorporation of emerging  methods and data sources
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