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Fall 2018 graduate courses

MNS 481C Marine Ecosystem Dynamics

Drs. Ken Dunton and Ed Buskey, MW 9-10:30am, F 9-10am. Interactions between organisms and the physical processes that regulate productivity and distribution of marine life in oceanic and coastal ecosystems.

MNS 482C Marine Biogeochemistry

Dr. Zhanfei Liu, MW 10:30-noon, F 10-11am. Study of chemical, biological, geological, and physical processes that influence cycling of bioactive elements in marine waters and sediments.

MNS 193 Phytoplankton Popul Processes

Dr. D. Erdner, Th 9-10am. Examines the processes that affect the genetic structure of phytoplankton populations with a primary focus on intraspecific genetic diversity. Taught at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.

MNS 193 Reproductive Phys of Fish

Dr. P. Thomas, T 11-12 pm. Discusses 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. Taught at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.

 

Spring 2019 graduate courses

MNS 483C Adaptations to the Marine Environment

Drs. Lee Fuiman and Peter Thomas, MW 1:00-3:00 pm.The physiological basis for organismal and population-level responses to marine environments. Taught at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.

MNS 393 Topic 11 Topics in Marine Science: Coastal Watersheds

Drs. Jim McClelland and Melinda Taylor, TTh 10:30am-12:00 pm. Video-linked to Austin. Students located in Austin should register for unique in JON 5.202. Students in Port Aransas register for unique in ERC video classroom. Meets with LAW 379M. 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 193 Topics in Marine Science: Marine Botany

Dr. Ken Dunton, Th 3:00-4:00 pm. Introduction through lectures and field work to the diversity and importance of marine vegetation of the South Texas coast. Includes the evolution, taxonomy, ecology, physiology, and trophic importance of marine vegetation. Taught at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.

MNS 193 Topics in Marine Science: Zooplankton Ecology

Dr. Ed Buskey, Th 9:00-10:00 am. Advanced study of the morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations of zooplankton to their environment. Taught at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.

MNS 193 Topics in Marine Science: Environmental Physiology of Fishes

Dr. Andrew J. Esbaugh, Th 1:00-2:00 pm. 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.  Taught at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.

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. Taught at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas.