Marine Geology reviews key concepts of marine geology, as needed by marine biologists to understand the geomorphic setting they are working and to provide a general-knowledge background. Since it is graduate-level, students are required to enhance frontal classroom teaching by the instructor through research papers and their presentation on specialized subjects directly related to the taught material. The course also includes a one-day field experience in the Florida Keys (Date: TDB). Course material reviews planetary evolution, types of sediments and rocks, the reason for the existence of oceans and continents and the spatio-temporal dynamics of marine sedimentary and igneous processes. Numerous case-studies are used to illustrate concepts such a plate tectonics via island formation, and sedimentology via discussion of attractive sedimentary systems, such as coral reefs. Students will have a broad understanding of geological ocean dynamics and will be literate in present issues in the Earth Sciences.
Requirements for graduation from the course are: successful passing of a midterm and a final exam, production (written) and presentation (oral) of a research paper, participation in all classes and the field experience.
Students will have a clear overview of how ocean basins form and change in time.
They will understand the dynamics of the earth's crust and its importance for geomorphology and evolution.
The Mission of the Oceanographic Center is to carry out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines.