Coastlines, by definition transitional environments, are naturally dynamic and resilient. But climate change, sea level rise and shifting species distributions are now causing rapid physical and ecological changes to the world’s coasts. Anticipating and addressing these changes requires understanding the physical, chemical and biological processes that interact at the land-sea boundary. Two trips over the course of the semester will investigate the temperate and tropical coastal environments, including barrier islands, saltmarshes, coral reefs, and mangroves.
- GEOL 350: Carbonate Environments (Pedro Marenco, Geology)
- BIOL 323: Coastal & Marine Ecology (Thomas Mozdzer, Biology)
360 Course Units: 2 units
Field Component: One week-long field excursion (during spring break), to Belize, and one day trip to a research station along the US Mid-Atlantic coast
Prerequisites: BIOL 220: Ecology AND 1 full-semester Geology or Chemistry course
Open/Closed: all courses available to 360 students only