MARINE INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY- BIO 387
DR. ANNE BOETTGER - WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY
This course investigates the biology of the marine invertebrates, an enormously disparate group of organisms with a vast array of morphologies, physiologies, and life histories. It emphasizes common features among different groups of invertebrates paying particular attention to physiology, development, grades of construction, ecology, systematics, and behavior. Besides the traditional laboratory and lecture format, students will participate in field and collection trips and perform research projects concluding in presentations that touch on some aspect of invertebrate zoology.
Marketable Skills Gained from This Course:
Environmental Identification for Animal Maintenance
General Description of Field Activities:
Field Activities will include trips to the following environments:
- Sandy and muddy environments, i.e. Wallops Island Beach (sheltered, sandy), Tom’s Cove (muddy, sheltered) and Assateague Beach (sandy, exposed) for collection of burying invertebrates, including bivalves and polychaetes.
- Rocky environments such as those found in Veteran’s Memorial Park, Chincoteague (sheltered) and Indian River Inlet, Ocean City Maryland (exposed, high currents) will provide habitats for species displaying capabilities of attachment including poriferans, anthozoans, barnacles, echinoderms and ascidians.
- Saltmarshes such as those found in Assateague State Park and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will introduce students to burrying invertebrates which are capable of surviving with limited oxygen, free living invertebrates including fiddler crabs and species using temporary attachment such as polyplacophorans and gastropods.
- In addition, boat trips will allow the class to collect benthic, including crustaceans, mollusks and echinoderms, and planktonic invertebrates, including cnidarians, ctenophores, crustaceans as well as larval invertebrates.
Approximate Amount of Course Time Spent in Field:
Required Textbook or Supplies:
A Field Guide to the Atlantic Seashore: From the Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras (Peterson Field Guides) by KL Gosner (Author, Illustrator), RT Peterson (Editor). ISBN-10#: 061800209X
Atlantic Seashore Field Guide: Florida to Canada. J. Duane Sept. Stackpole Books. ISBN-10: 0811714217
Background Text: J.A. Pechenik. 2005. Biology of the Invertebrates. McGraw-Hill Publishing. ISBN#: 0072348992 (not required)
Number of Students:
Chincoteague Bay Field Station Fee*:
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