BIOL 2325/26 Marine Biology


This interdisciplinary course examines biological aspects of ocean ecosystems and the physical processes that regulate them. Topics include the distributions, abundances, and interactions of marine organisms; interactions between organisms and the transformation and flux of energy and matter in marine ecosystems; and aspects of physiology related to marine species distributions, abundances and roles. Lectures and labs facilitate understanding of biological principles and techniques, including physiology, ecology, evolution, taxonomy, and statistics, as applied to marine systems. This course fulfills two requirements for Biology and Marine Biology majors: Organismal and Population Biology and Writing Intensive in the Major.

BIOL 5515/16 Marine Ecology


This course, offered as part of the Three Seas Program at the Marine Science Center, is an advanced treatment of processes and interactions in ocean ecosystems. We use both conceptual and hands-on approaches to examine the biotic and abiotic factors influencing the distributions, abundances, and interactions of marine organisms. We also evaluate the roles that organisms play in mediating the transformation and flux of energy and matter in marine ecosystems. Each lecture explores a different concept in marine ecology. This approach allows us to explore general and specific concepts, comparing and contrasting the application of these concepts to different marine ecosystems. Many of the examples we consider, especially in lab, involve local marine habitats because we are able to go right outside and see what is going on there.

BIOL 6403 Concepts and Trends in Evolution and Ecology


This course, co-taught with Geoff Trussell and Steve Vollmer, is a graduate-level introduction to important ideas and applications in the fields of ecology and evolution. We consider both key basic concepts and important recent advances in evolution and ecology, including interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the distributions, abundances, and diversity of species, organisms, and molecules. Topics include natural selection, adaptation, speciation, molecular evolution, global change, and perspectives on communities and ecosystems.

BIOL 8507 Science Communication and Ethics


This course, offered as part of the Three Seas Program at Friday Harbor Laboratories, teaches skills in science communication, including how to articulate messages, effectively communicate results to both scientists and non-scientists, and successfully compete for funding. We also spend time thinking about and discussing issues related to the responsible conduct of research.

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