MARINE BOTANY- BIO 312
DR. ANNE BOETTGER - WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY
This course will introduce students to identifying and classifying microscopic and macroscopic algae and sea-grasses from marine and estuarine habitats. Fieldwork along the East coast of the United States will focus on the identification and ecology of its unique marine micro and macroflora. Topics to be covered include: seaweed and sea-grass structure, taxonomy and classification, reproduction and life histories, distribution and ecology, human impacts on marine plants, and the impacts of marine plants on human affairs, collection and preservation of marine plants, and production of herbarium specimen.
Approximate amount of course time spent in field:
Top 3 marketable skills gained from this course:
General Description of Field Activities:
Marine autotrophs are a diverse group that include cyanobacteria, unicellular algae, seaweeds, sea-grasses, salt marshes and mangrove forests. Marine Botany will therefore introduce students to a wide variety of organisms, with emphasis on their adaptations, physiology, environmental needs and conditions, and ecological functions and economic importance (both positive and detrimental).
Field Activities will include trips to the following environments:
Sandy and muddy environments, i.e. Wallops Island Beach, Tom’s Cove, Kiptopeke and Savage Neck State Parks and Assateague Beach (sandy, exposed) for collection and identification of soft substrate autotrophs such as macro algae and marsh grasses.
Rocky environments such as Queens Sounds, Greenbackville, Indian River Inlet, Ocean City Maryland will provide habitats for the tougher phaeophytes, filamentous rhodophytes and provide us with an ability to observe small tide pools and organismal distributions in those unique environments.
Boat trips will allow the class to collect planktonic autotrophs and identify microalgae such as diatoms and dinoflagellates.
In addition we will explore the rocky intertidal, salt marshes, sea-grass beds and dunes to understand organismal zonation and animal-autotroph interactions.
or 1 year of college Biology (2 semesters of introductory Biology)
or by permission of instructor
Required textbook or supplies:
Field Guides: Naturalist's Guide to the Atlantic Seashore: Beach Ecology From The Gulf Of Maine To Cape Hatteras (Naturalist's Guide Series), Scott Shumway, ISBN-13: 978-0762742370
or A Field Guide to the Atlantic Seashore: From the Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras (Peterson Field Guides), Kenneth Gosner, ISBN-13: 978-0618002092
Number of Students:
Chincoteague Bay Field Station Fee*:
* Does not include university tuition or fees