MASC 504 Biological Oceanography
Lead Instructor: Joel Fodrie (2020)
Biological oceanography is the study of marine organisms, their quantitative distribution in time and space and their interactions with each other and the ocean environment. Broadly, the course is divided into 5 sections. The first section provides a brief history of biological oceanography and review of the physical and chemical processes in the ocean that influence the biota. In the second, third and fourth sections we explore the diversity of pelagic and benthic marine organisms, bioelemental cycling within these organisms and the factors that influence their abundance and distributions. In the last section we learn about the consequences of shifts in the ocean biota throughout geological time and how they may be affected by future climate change.