Session 1

Marine Ecology – 4 credits – PCB4460

This course will take advantage of the wide array of marine habitats in Florida as the perfect backdrop to explore marine ecology. We will explore organismal biodiversity, adaptations, and interactions during field trips to the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, the Nature Coast Biological Station on Seahorse Key, the Florida Keys, and the Dry Tortugas. A comparative approach will be applied to our explorations of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida, habitats more and less impacted by human activities, rocky vs. mudflat intertidal zones, salt marshes vs. mangroves, the reefs of the northern Keys vs. the Dry Tortugas, springs (manatees!!!), sea grass beds, oyster beds, and more! Conservation About 4 weeks will be spent in the field with the remainder on campus at UF.

Instructor: Dr. Melissa Meadows | 510 Carr Hall | melissa.meadows@ufl.edu

Format: Lectures and field trips

Required Text: Textbook: TBD; Field guides for marine life in Florida, especially The Reef Set (Fish, Creatures, and Coral) by Paul Humann. Students will also need mask, fins, and snorkel for non-divers and full scuba gear for certified divers. Rentals may be available in some locations.

Expected costs: $1858. The course fee includes: all accommodations, transportation, and some meals while traveling in Florida. The fee does not include some meals while “on the road” and additional personal expenses. Students will also need mask, fins, and snorkel for non-divers and full scuba gear for certified divers. Rentals may be available in some locations. Note: Divers should contact Dr. Meadows immediately.

Class Meeting Time (while at UF): M,T,W,R,F | Period 6 – 9 (12:50 PM – 4:55 PM)

Tentative Class Schedule: TBD

This course has a limited number of seats –apply today to ensure your spot! To apply click this link: here!
Applications were due Friday, September 27th 11:59pm | Applications are no longer accepted at this time- this course is full.