MBIO 3750 Coral Reefs and Coral Communities

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

This class introduces students to the biology and ecology of corals and coral-associated organisms. Topics include coral distribution, abundance, diversity, taxonomy, endosymbionts, reproduction, predator- prey relationships, and anthropogenic and natural disturbances. Active classroom discussion will be encouraged during and following the presentation of material by the professor. A formal discussion period on selected papers will be conducted during each class. Material will be presented from a global perspective, with focus on South Florida and Caribbean marine environments. Two weekend field trips are required. Prerequisite: MBIO 2410. Frequency: Fall, even years. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2016 (201720))

Learning Outcomes

  1. Document the distribution of corals.
  2. Compare the diversity of corals among various tropical biogeographic areas.
  3. Describe the importance of coral endosymbiontic zooxanthellae.
  4. Explain differences in coral reproductive strategies.
  5. Examine representative predator-prey relationships.
  6. Determine the relative significance of anthropogenic and natural disturbances on corals.
  7. Observe corals and coral reef-associated organisms in the field.
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