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MSMS 5020 Marine Ecosystems: Getting Started

Course Guide for the OC Core Course in Marine Ecosystems (MSMS 5020)

Your First Stop in Oceanography Research

Marine Ecosystems

Marine Ecosystems

Course Number:  MSMS 5020

This class focuses on marine ecological processes and functions. It presents an overview of the basic concepts of marine ecology along with more detailed elements of the discipline including the diversity of marine ecosystems, trophic relationships, ecological roles, and nutrient cycling and biogeochemistry.

Marine Ecosystems

Course Number:  MSMS 5020

There are no required textbooks, however there are two recommended texts for this class.

 

Marine Ecosystems Suggested Books:

Marine Ecosystems

Course Number:  MSMS 5020

Students will:

  • Review relevant concepts of the physical ocean.
  • Review basic concepts of ecology with an emphasis on those relevant to the marine environment.
  • Understand energy flow within a marine ecosystem and relevant processes.
  • Understand nutrient cycles in the ocean.
  • Understand the importance of marine microbes and microbial food chains.
  • Apply the above concepts to specific ecosystems.
  • Develop experience reviewing scientific literature and leading discussions of technical topics.
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