Fall 2016 graduate courses

MNS 481C Marine Ecosystem Dynamics

Profs. Ken Dunton and Ed Buskey. M,W 9-10:30am, F 9-10am, Video-linked to Austin in FNT 1.104. Interactions between organisms and the physical processes that regulate productivity and distribution of marine life in oceanic and coastal ecosystems.

MNS 482C Marine Biogeochemistry

Drs. Zhanfei Liu and Amber Hardison. M,W 10:30-noon, F 10-11am, Video-linked to Austin in FNT 1.104. Study of chemical, biological, geological, and physical processes that influence cycling of bioactive elements in marine waters and sediments.

MNS 193 Principles of Marine Science: Fisheries Oceanography

Dr. Bryan Black, T 9-10am. Influences of climate forcing and human activity on fish populations and marine ecosystems.

MNS 193 Principles of Marine Science: Biogeography of Marine Microbes

Dr. Deana Erdner. T 10-11am. This course will explore microbial biogeography, from the scale of the population to the community. We will consider the processes that lead to spatial structure in marine microbes, including both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, in the plankton and sediments.

MNS 193 Principles of Marine Science: Reproductive Physiology of Fish

Dr. Peter Thomas. T 11am-noon. Environmental and endocrine control of reproduction in teleost fishes including the role of hypothalamus/pituitary/gonadal axis, neuroendocrine pathways, genomic and nongenomic steroid actions, ovarian cycle, and gamete physiology.


Spring 2017 graduate courses

MNS 483C Adaptations to the Marine Environment

Drs. Lee Fuiman and Peter Thomas, MW 2:00-4:00pm. The physiological basis for organismal and population-level responses to marine environments.

MNS 393 Topic 11 Topics in Marine Science: Coastal Watersheds

Drs. Jim McClelland and Melinda Taylor, TTh 10:30am-12:00pm. Video-linked to Austin. Students located in Austin should register for unique #53855 in JON 5.202. Students in Port Aransas register for unique #53860 in ERC video classroom. Covers water use, land use and land cover change, and climate change as they relate to biological, physical, and geochemical processes in watersheds. Includes the impact of changing watershed export on coastal ocean ecosystems. Emphasizes case studies on different regions of the United States.

MNS 382 Principles of Marine Science: Marine Phytoplankton Diversity

Dr. Deana Erdner; T 9-10:30am lecture, T 1-4pm lab. The taxonomy of the major phytoplankton groups, their physiology, and their role in marine ecosystems.

MNS 382 Principles of Marine Science: Principles of Marine Botany - Mexico

Laboratory hour(s) to be arranged. Designed to accommodate 35 or fewer students. Restricted enrollment; contact the department for permission to register for this class. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Concurrent enrollment required in NSC 109. Faculty-led Abroad Program. Class meets May 19-June 6. Taught in Akumal, Mexico. Students must consult with department as travel and orientation dates may be in addition to these dates.

MNS 193 10-Topics in Marine Science: Zooplankton Ecology

Dr. Ed Buskey, M 9:00-10:00am. Why study marine zooplankton? True, they are small, weak swimmers, and difficult to see without a microscope, but they are an essential component in marine food webs and include larval forms for most marine invertebrates. Class topics may include: collecting and sampling zooplankton, physiology, feeding ecology, population biology, reproduction, behavior and sensory perception.

MNS 193 7-Topics in Marine Science: Marine Botany

Dr. Ken Dunton, M 10:00-11:00am. Marine Botany will introduce students to the marine vegetation of the major coastal biomes of the world, including but not limited to seagrasses, marshes, mangroves, and seaweeds. The purpose of this class is to provide graduate level inquiry-based exploration on topics including ecology, diversity, natural history, reproduction, photosynthetic strategies, and biotic responses to a warming climate.  Field trips will broaden students understanding of the ecology of these systems with respect to habitat, biotic interactions, community structure, and biotic linkages to consumers. The course format consists of seven meetings that include a background lecture followed by field trips to specific vegetation assemblages. Each student is expected to lead one discussion based on assigned readings from the primary literature and write a final paper on a selected topic. The course uses a thematic approach and is divided into two major parts: a section that concentrates on plant photophysiology and ecology and a section on vegetation assemblages. Students will gain a wonderful appreciation and understanding of the diversity of marine plants and their unique strategies of growth, photosynthesis and reproduction from readings, class discussions, guest lectures, and field trips.

MNS 193 Topics in Marine Science: Environmental Physiology of Fishes

Dr. Andrew Esbaugh, M 11:00am-12:00pm. Fishes are the most diverse vertebrate group on the planet and live in a variety of different environments. Furthermore, many fish species can transition between very different environments. This class will explore the mechanistic physiology associated with survival in different aquatic habitats and the role of physiology in understanding the impacts of environmental degradation on fish survival and performance. Specific subjects may include the thermodynamics of water and ion balance, pH balance and respiratory physiology as well as phenotypic plasticity in response to environmental change.

MNS 193 Topics in Marine Science: Phytoplankton and Oceanographic Processes

Dr. Tracy Villareal, W 11:00am-12:00pm. This course will focus on reading and exercises that explore the role of phytoplankton in carbon and nutrient flow in the ocean.  Particular emphasis will be placed on how oceanographic circulation affects regional distribution and properties of phytoplankton.

MNS 191 Seminar in Marine Science: Scientific Skills

Dr. Brett Baker, F 1:00-2:00pm. Recent advances in the marine sciences, discussed by students, faculty and staff members, and guest lecturers.