MBIO 3600 Plankton Ecology

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

Marine and freshwater zooplankton, with limited discussion of phytoplankton, protozoans and bacteria, will be discussed. A survey of holoplanktonic and meroplanktonic zooplankton will be conducted, including phylogeny, ecology and processes which influence production and diversity. A discussion of field and laboratory sampling techniques and methodology will include introductions for collecting, preserving, subsampling, identifying and quantifying collections. A one-day field trip will allow students to collect marine samples and they will learn to identify organisms based on those samples throughout the course. Prerequisites: MBIO 2410 or MBIO 2500. Frequency: Winter, even years. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2016 (201720))

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and be able to use basic taxonomic and phylogenetic classifications for holoplanktonic and meroplanktonic zooplankton and ichthyoplankton.
  2. Describe the anatomy, classification, ecology, and life histories of major taxonomic groups of zooplankton.
  3. Explain modern sampling, preservation and sorting techniques for different types of zooplankton and ichthyoplankton.
  4. Identify from preserved and living material the major groups of zooplankton, particularly of forms found in South Florida waters, as well as important life history stages, distributions and functional adaptations to specific environments.
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