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Biogenic Fluxes in the Oceans

MARN 5011 - Biogenic Fluxes in the Oceans

Processes regulating the export of organic matter from the surface of the ocean to the sea bed. New and export production; role of the biotic and abiotic processes in downward transport of particulate and dissolved organic matter; current topics of research on the biological pump.

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MARN 5014 - Marine Phytoplankton Ecology and Physiology

The physiology of marine phytoplankton, environmental factors affecting their growth and photosynthesis in the ocean, the oceanographic processes responsible for the temporal and spatial distributions of phytoplankton biomass and production, and current topics in phytoplankton research.

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MARN 5015 - Molecular Approach to Biol. Ocean

Principles and technology in nucleic acid purification and manipulation, DNA fingerprinting, gene cloning and sequencing, phylogenetic analysis, and detection of gene expression (mRNA and protein). Application examples in marine ecological studies.

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MARN 5016 - Marine Zooplankton

Bioenergetics, life history, population and community ecology of zooplankton, and role of zooplankton in aquatic biogeochemical cycles.

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MARN 5017 - Plankton Ecology

Recommended preparation: The equivalent of one year of biology, chemistry and physics course, or consent of instructor. Ecology of planktonic organisms (bacteria, protista and metazoa). The evolutionary ecology concept, methods of research, special features of aquatic habitats; adaptations to aquatic environments; population biology; predation, competition, life histories, community structure, and role of plankton in ecosystem metabolism.

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MARN 5018 - Ecology of Fishes

General concepts in fish ecology such as distribution, feeding, bioenergetics, growth, larval fish ecology, biotic interactions, life history evolution and other contemporary research topics.

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MARN 5030 - Chemical Oceanography

Composition, origin and solution chemistry of seawater and the marine biogeochemical cycles of salts, elements and gases. Distributions and transfer in the marine environment through chemical equilibria, rates, redox, partitioning, ocean circulation, biological cycles and crustal exchanges.

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MARN 5031 - Aqueous Geochemistry

Application of chemical theory (thermodynamic equilibrium approaches and kinetics) to understanding the geochemistry of the Earth’s aqueous systems, with a focus on the ocean and coastal ecosystems.

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MARN 5032 - Coastal Pollution and Bioremediation

Overview of processes and compounds leading to pollution in the nearshore marine environment. The impact of pollution on the marine foodweb and its response is emphasized. Alleviation of pollution through metabolism of organisms, including bacteria, seagrasses and salt marshes.

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MARN 5033 - Marine and Atmospheric Processes of Global Change

Fundamentals of marine and atmospheric processes in global biogeochemistry. Evaluation of atmospheric, biological and chemical processes that contribute to global change.

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MARN 5036 - Advanced Chemical Oceanography

Major global biogeochemical cycles of the major elements, nutrients, gases, organic matter, and trace elements and the impact of climate change and ocean acidification. Biogeochemical cycling of toxic trace metals, and transfer of substances at the air and sediment interfaces.

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MARN 5050 - Geological Oceanography

Concepts in geological oceanography, including the role of plate tectonics in the control of the Earth and ocean system, fundamentals of biosphere-geosphere interaction over geologic timescales, and the reconstruction of past climates using marine sediment archives.

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MARN 5051 - Radiotracer Applications in Natural Systems

Applications of radiotracers in the environment for environmental engineers, environmental scientists, geologists, hydrologists and oceanographers. Use of radionuclides in the interpretation and quantification of aqueous transport processes. The interaction of geochemistry, mass transport and flux balances in Earth, ocean and environmental systems.

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MARN 5060 - Dynamic Physical Oceanography

Global energy balance. General circulation in the oceans and atmosphere. Thermodynamics and stability. Fundamental fluid mechanics. Surface gravity waves. Geophysical fluid mechanics. Tides and other long waves. Theories of global circulation.

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MARN 5061 - Advanced Dynamical Oceanography

Ocean thermodynamics; dynamics of rotating; homogeneous fluids; ocean circulation; western boundary currents; the thermocline, oceanic fronts.

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MARN 5062 - Sediment Transport

The mechanics of sediment transport with particular emphasis on the processes governing transport in coastal and estuarine areas. Initiation of motion for cohesive and noncohesive materials, bed and suspended load transport, bed forms, sediment-flow interactions, modeling considerations.

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MARN 5063 - Estuarine Circulation

The physical characteristics of estuaries, river and tidal interactions, turbulence and mixing, salt balance, circulation dynamics, mass transport and flushing, modeling considerations.

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MARN 5064 - Air-Sea Interaction

Processes controlling the exchange of momentum, heat and mass across the air-sea interface. Topics include atmospheric and oceanic stratification, wind-wave-current interaction, wave breaking, bubble generation, heat budgets, flux parameterizations and instrumentation.

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MARN 5065 - Physical Oceanography

Overview of physical properties and dynamics influencing the oceans and coastal waters. Descriptions of global water property distributions, surface mixed layer, pycnocline, surface heat fluxes, and major ocean currents. Introduction to dynamics of ocean circulation, waves, tides, and coastal circulation.

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MARN 5066 - River Influences on the Marine Environment

Influences of rivers on estuaries, coastal and open ocean water properties, energy budgets and ecosystems including inputs of buoyant waters, sediments and pollutants and variability from storms, seasons, human alterations and climate change. Recommended preparation: calculus and general physics.

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MARN 5067 - Synoptic Meteorology

Fundamental processes of atmospheric synoptic meteorology, including the governing equations of motion, atmospheric stability, quasi-geostrophic theory, extratropical cyclogenesis, and frontogenesis.

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MARN 5200 - Oceanographic Data Analysis

Programming, data input/output, and graphing with advanced scientific analysis software. Analysis of temporal and spatial patterns in oceanographic datasets using multivariate regression, harmonic analysis, Fourier and wavelet transforms, empirical orthogonal functions, and three-dimensional mapping.

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MARN 5500 - Professional Development in Marine Sciences

Survey of practical skills required for professional integration into the scientific community, including proposal writing, scientific and public presentations, manuscript preparation and publication, scientific peer review, resume building, and interview skills.

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MARN 5501 - Marine Sciences Seminar

Intensive reading, evaluation and critical discussion of current interdisciplinary topics presented at weekly departmental research seminars. May be repeated for credit.

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MARN 5830 - Seminar in Oceanography

Readings and discussions of current literature in oceanography. Topics vary each semester: Biological, Chemical, Physical, Geological. May be repeated for credit.

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MARN 5893 - Research

Field and laboratory research covering selected topics of marine sciences.

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MARN 5895 - Independent Study

A reading course for pursuing specialized work in marine sciences. Open toundergraduate students with permission. Designate the field of special interest byuse of the appropriate section symbol.

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MARN 5899 - Independent Study

Independent study under the direction of a faculty member. With a change in content or instructor, may be repeated for credit.

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MARN 5995 - Special Topics

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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MARN 6001 - Mathematical Models in Marine Sciences

Examples of the formulation of quantitative models of marine systems with a review of some particularly useful mathematical methods (differential equations, operational methods, numerical solution techniques), emphasizing the computation of predictions.

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MARN 6002 - Mathematical Models in Marine Sciences: Practicum

Individual term projects relating to mathematical modeling in the marine sciences.

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MARN 6010 - Advanced Biological Oceanography — Pelagic Processes

Pelagic communities, ecosystem structure and function, bioenergetic constraints, population dynamics, consequences of global climate and environmental change, and advances in the field driven by technological innovation.

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MARN 6088 - Variable Topics

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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