MBIO 3500 Food Web Dynamics

(B) Bachelors
(OS) Halmos Coll of Nat Sci & Ocn
(OMES) OS - Marine & Environ Sciences
3 credits

A food chain is simply "who eats what". The linear relationships of a food chain will be contrasted with the more complex interactions of a food web. The biological and physical processes which contribute to a food web, such as population dynamics and energy flow, will be introduced in multiple estuarine and marine ecosystems, from coastal mangroves to offshore open waters. Specialized food webs, such as sea ice and hydrothermal vent communities, will also be introduced. Prerequisites: MBIO 2410. Frequency: Winter, odd years. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2016 (201720))

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain basic food web structure and ecological concepts of food webs.
  2. Define trophic relationships and trophic efficiency.
  3. Describe the trophic relationships within various aquatic ecosystems.
  4. Identify natural and anthropogenic perturbations to food webs.
  5. Produce a scientific paper which demonstrates an understanding of a specific food web and the various techniques and data used to define trophic relationships in that food web.
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