Offered at Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) only Courses are offered during the summer semester only. Because course offerings change, check current DISL summer bulletin for specific course offerings and descriptions.
A study of the natural history, systematics, and morphology of marine invertebrates from a variety of habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. Participation in extended field trips is a required part of the course. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143.
Biology of marine vertebrates emphasizing systematics, behavior, physiology, and ecology of local forms. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143.
A general survey of algae and vascular plants associated with the marine and estuarine environment. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143.
A general introduction to the physics, chemistry, geology, and biology of the oceans. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143.
Techniques in live animal culture with an emphasis on basic principals that can be applied to the culture of any organism for research, display, or commercial profit. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143.
Lecture and laboratory studies of bioenergetics, community structure, population dynamics, predation, competition, and speciation in marine ecosystem. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, BIO 2229/L229,CHM 1143/L143.
This course examines the natural history and ecology of one of the world’s rarest and most endangered wilderness areas. The Everglades is the only area of our planet to be designated as a National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a World Heritage Park. This two-week course will consist of a week of intensive lectures ad discussions focusing on the history, geology, hydrology, and biota of this system, and then a week of intense field time to examine the Everglades and associated systems. Prerequisites: CHM 1143/L143, BIO 2229/L229
An introduction to the biology of sharks and rays, with special emphasis on regional shark fauna and field techniques. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143.
Lectures, audiovisual presentations, and practical exercises to guide students to further study of cetaceans. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143.
An overview of the biology and conservation of marine turtles, including identification, distribution, nesting behavior, migratory behavior, and feeding ecology. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101,BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143.
This course will focus on coastal and near shore wetland areas, with an emphasis on the biogeochemical processes that occur within. Prerequisites: BIO 1101/L101, BIO 2229/L229, CHM 1143/L143.
This course will provide an introduction to different methods of sensing the ocean, including building and testing simple sensors, e.g., temperature and light, using Arduino microcontrollers and software, use of instruments to collect high-resolution data, and some background on how technology has led to key advances in marine science. The course will be primarily project-based, with students working together to build instruments, learn basic programming skills to control sensors, and going in the field to test instruments and collect environmental data. Prerequisite: CHM 1143/L143, BIO 2229/L229
The study of the structure, development, physiology, and pharmacology of the nervous systems and sense organs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
This course consists of learning applied mapping and analysis with GIS and will leverage other geospatial techniques including remote sensing, geo-visualization, and spatial analysis with particular emphasis on environmental application. Prerequisite: CHM 1143/L143, BIO 2229/L229
The course provides an overview of the scientific and technical principles of marine habitat restoration. The students will discuss the role of key ecological concepts in restoration and the role of restoration in science and society. Students will learn how to design restoration projects and monitoring plans. Prerequisites: CHM 1142/L142, BIO 2229/L229.