Teaching

Geo 417 Environmental Microbiology

(every other year in spring)

The study of microbial biogeochemistry and microbial ecology. Beginning with the physical/chemical characteristics and constraints of microbial metabolism, we will investigate the role of bacteria in elemental cycles, in soil, sediment and marine and freshwater communities, in bioremediation and chemical transformations. In addition to lectures by the professor, the course will delve deeply into the current and classic literature of oceanography and students will be expected to participate in seminar type presentations and discussions.

 

Geo 428 Biological Oceanography

(every other year in spring)

Fundamentals of Biological Oceanography, with an emphasis on the ecosystem level. We will consider the organisms in the context of their chemical and physical environment; the properties of seawater, atmosphere and ocean dynamics that affect life in the ocean; primary production and marine food webs; global cycles of carbon and other elements; current research approaches. In addition to lectures by the professor, the course will delve deeply into the current and classic literature of oceanography and students will be expected to participate in seminar type presentations and discussions.