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Directed Studies in Marine Science

OverviewWhat to expectOverview Overview: The object of this course is to learn how to undertake an independent research project in your field of interest. Working independently or in pairs, you will design, implement, analyze the data you collect, investigate background, peer-reviewed, scientific literature, write and present your research  proposal, write a scientific report as for…
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Applied Data Analysis in Marine Science

OverviewWhat to expect Instructor: Allan Roberts Overview: This course provides students with skills for experimental design, data analysis, and scientific inference. An applied approach will be taken, with data analysis methods being implemented with the statistics programming language R. Aspects of data analysis that will be covered include data management, data visualization, programming, and statistics.…
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Animal Structure & Function

OverviewWhat to expect Instructor: Dr. Rich Palmer Overview: This course is an introduction to principles underlying how animals are 'designed'.  Topics to be covered include:  'tree thinking' (how to place animals and their parts into a phyolgenetic context), scaling (mechanical and physiological consequences of body size), an introduction to fluid dynamics (life at low and…
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Marine Population Ecology & Dynamics

OverviewWhat to expect Overview: This field and laboratory course explores fundamental theories in marine ecology at the population, community, and ecosystem levels of biological organization. Students will read relevant literature, mainly from temperate Pacific nearshore regions, to learn about the key ecological theories that have been developed in, and applied to, marine environments. Topics explored…
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Ecological Adaptations of Seaweeds

OverviewWhat to expect Instructor: Dr. Patrick Martone Overview: In this course, we will explore the evolution, ecology and biodiversity of seaweeds and discuss ecological adaptations that have allowed them to thrive and diversify over time.  We will discuss the deep evolution of photosynthesis and the process of endosymbiosis that gave rise to photosynthetic protists, known…
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Directed Studies in Marine Science

Overview Overview: Undergraduate and Graduate Directed Studies may be undertaken at any time during the summer term. Study will involve a research project approved by a supervisor in the student's field of interest. Projects will be designed to take advantage of laboratory and/or field opportunities. Applications should be accompanied by a project outline and a…
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Ecological Models and Data

OverviewWhat to Expect Instructors: Dr. Stephanie Peacock, Dr. Andrew Bateman Overview: Did you enjoy second-year statistics? Don’t worry! There exists a world beyond t-tests and z tables. This course will take students beyond the basics to fuse models with data from ecological systems. Students will learn how to formulate models on paper and code them…
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Coastal Biodiversity & Conservation

OverviewWhat to Expect Overview: In an area renowned for its spectacular biodiversity, this course offers students the opportunity to learn about the rich mosaic of coastal ecosystems that exist on the British Columbian coast and the many species that inhabit them. We will examine patterns of biodiversity at local, regional and global scales, and learn…
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Coastal Community Ecology

OverviewWhat to Expect Overview This course will teach key ideas and concepts about how ecological and evolutionary forces shape natural communities in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The course will focus on many local examples, ranging from how birds indirectly shape terrestrial shrub communities by eating berries, to how predators influence the slow-motion battle for…
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Research Methods in Coastal Wildlife

OverviewWhat to Expect Overview: How do we know what is “true” in ecology? How can we research and understand the ecology of coastal vertebrate species to inform conservation? Why do coastal wildlife species occur in one place, but not another? Ecological insights and conservation decisions are only as good as the data that fuel them, but…
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