Marine Terrestrial Interactions – FULL

Instructor: Dr. Kyle Artelle

Overview:  Marine Terrestrial Interactions will explore the biological and physical processes that link marine and terrestrial communities of coastal B.C. Experiential based learning will be a key focus with students spending the majority of their time conducting field research.

The course will include a foundation in broad topics in landscape, community, and trophic ecology, with specific sections on coastal systems (including estuaries, intertidal zones, and near-shore environments), species (including salmon, herring, and coastal carnivores), and fundamentals of natural resource management, with particular focus on the considerations for managing and conserving cross-biome ecological processes. In addition to the ecological context, students will be introduced to the foundations of scientific research process. Recognizing that western science does not operate in a vacuum, the course will also explore the social-ecological context of marine terrestrial interactions, including how science can inform management and conservation applications, and the central importance of Indigenous rights, title, authority, and knowledge in natural resource stewardship. The capstone of the course will be a collaborative, student-led research project, carried through from initial field data collection to analysis, writing, and dissemination to colleagues. While the course will be based at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, considerable time will also be spent in the surrounding marine and terrestrial environment through a mix of day trips and overnight camping trips.

Research Skills: As part of the MTI course, students will gain a greater understanding of how to conduct a field research project from literature review, design, data collection, statistical analysis, writing, and final presentation.

Practical Skills: We aim to provide upper level undergraduate students with broad skills that will enable them to enter into Masters programs in coastal sciences. This includes how to conduct field research in a responsible and ethical manner.

Boat Use: You will be given the opportunity to drive boats if you choose to do so. Boat driving is strongly recommended but not required for Marine Terrestrial Interactions. Students who wish to drive boats at BMSC must hold a PCOC and valid first aid certificate and will participate in an introductory boat check-out on the first day of orientation.

Prerequisites: Preference will be given to third or fourth year students in Biology, Geography, Environmental Studies, and Earth and Ocean Sciences. Introductory statistics is recommended but not required.

Physical Requirements: This course exposes students to the rugged west coast environment. This includes a series of day hikes, boating trips, and overnight camping trips and thus the students must be prepared and excited to participate. This may include hiking through dense forests, snorkeling the intertidal zones, and portaging canoes. BMSC safety rules, training, and guidance from the instructors and the teaching assistant will minimize the challenges and any risks. Students can also contribute by invoking common sense and bringing appropriate footwear and outdoor clothes.

Textbook: There is no textbook – readings to be assigned by the instructor.

Marine Terrestrial Interactions 2018