Course: Writing About Marine Biology

HC 209H

Professor: Kelly Sutherland

We live on a blue planet: almost three-quarters of the planet is covered by water and most of the diversity of organisms live beneath the ocean’s surface. In this course we will delve into several hot topics in marine biology ranging from ocean acidification to marine protected areas off the Oregon coast. We will develop tools for communicating about marine biology through readings from the primary research literature, writing assignments, discussion and presentations. You will be asked to go beyond synthesizing existing information and hopefully learn that one of the most fun parts of science is asking new questions and designing original experiments. The course will culminate with a research proposal on an original research question of each student’s choosing. By the end of this course you will be familiar with some of the current areas of research in marine biology as they relate to the global ocean as well as our local coast. Students will also learn about further marine biology coursework and research opportunities at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB). We will meet two times each week for lecture/discussion. We will also take a field trip to the Oregon coast to investigate the marine organisms and to put our research questions in context.