Aquatic Invasions, Outbreaks, and Diseases

Course Numbers: CZMT - 5002, MEVS - 5032, and OCMB - 5002

Aquatic, coastal and marine ecosystems can be exposed to a number of biological stressors and disturbances such as (i) invasive species (e.g. lionfish, Asian carp, zebra mussels),(ii) outbreaks (e.g. crown-of-thorns starfish, mat tunicates), and (iii) diseases (e.g. Eelgrass wasting disease, Fibropapilloma in sea turtles), and (iv) mass mortality events (e.g. Diadema epizootic, 1998 worldwide coral bleaching, fish kills associated with HABs). The focus of this course shall include case studies from current scientific literature, anthropogenic and environmental factors that influence IODs, disturbance and adaptation theories, and contemporary solutions for prevention and protection.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Textbook:

None

Winter 2014 Syllabus