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Marine Larval Ecology

Course Number: OCMB - 0996 and MEVS - 5580

Description: Most marine animals have a complex life cycle with a sessile or sedentary adult stage and a dispersive larval stage. This course will expose the students to the diversity of marine larval forms and increase their understanding on the environmental factors affecting larval survival, development, dispersal, settlement, recruitment and connectivity. We will study the implications of having a larval stage for the persistence and management of marine ecosystems, and how climate change and other human-induced disturbances on larvae may affect species persistence. Active classroom discussion on selected scientific articles is mandatory.

Learning outcomes

The students will:

Suggested text (Not required): “Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae” by Larry McEdward, CRC Press (does not cover fish larvae). All themes will be addressed through discussions of relevant scientific articles which will be made available by the professor.

Winter 2016 Syllabus