COURSE: ENV 3160J / ENV 3160S
CREDITS: 10 online course hours, 30 laboratory work hours, 50 field and class lecture hours
This course aims to address the rapidly declining state of marine biodiversity by applying science to conservation. Conservation Marine Biology is a field in science that integrates several disciplines – including geology, oceanography, marine biology, ecology, ichthyology and other – to propose sustainable management strategies based on science.
Marine ecosystems of the eastern tropical Pacific provide a baseline source for species of high commercial interest to satisfy humans’ demand for food worldwide. However, numerous marine species are threatened by unsustainable activities, such as overfishing and habitat destruction. Students will develop a critical understanding of Conservation Marine Biology, addressing biological and ecological questions such as what is tropical marine biodiversity? What do we need to do to conserve marine biodiversity? What are the causes that threaten marine biodiversity? What are the solutions for observed conflicts?
Students will be exposed to several case studies, lectures and practical activities by visiting field stations and natural laboratories along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.