E341 Syllabus Spring 2020
|Jan 14-16||Week 1: Introduction and overview of course content and semester’s activities.|
|Jan 21-23||Week 2: Geologic approaches to analyzing ancient reef life and carbonate environments|
|Jan 28-30||Geologic history of coral reefs – a trip across the globe and through hundreds of millions of years of Earth’s history.|
|Feb 4-6||Week 4: Modern reef composition, ecology, structure, stability, and global distribution.|
Week 5: Global warming takes a toll on reefs: scientific evidence and interpretations. Identification of phyla from Caribbean fossils. No make-up for this exercise.
Week 6: Patterns of coral origins, extinction and biogeography Changes in ocean chemistry – ocean acidification.
|Feb 25-27||Week 7: Population dynamics, reef connectivity and coral resilience. Shape of Life – Episode I Origins - sponges|
Week 8: Field-based methods and analyses Guest speaker: Professor Charles Beeker, Director, Center for Underwater Science The Belize Barrier Reef in the Caribbean
Week 9: Mid-term examination on Tuesday March 10, 2020
Shape of Life, Life on the Move
Spring Break. Enjoy your time.
Week 10: Shape of Life – Survival Game – Molluscs Fossil samples for predator/prey "arms race." No make-up for this exercise.
|Mar 31-Apr 2||Week 11: Coral diseases and reef ecosystem stresses|
Week 12: Managing coral reefs – fisheries, tourism, pollution, marine protected areas. Classification of fossils from the Indo-Pacific: Phylum and Class. No make-up for this exercise.
Week 13: Life history of corals. Phase shifts, stable states, and sustaining reef resilience
Coral ID Quiz #2 on Thursday, April 16, 2020
Week 14: The Great Barrier Reef (DVD). Stotter Collection – classification of Indo-Pacific Class Gastropoda and Class Bivalvia. No make-up for this exercise.
Week 15: Taxonomy, taphonomy and guild structure in reef ecosystems.
Coral ID Quiz #3 on Tuesday, April 28, 2020
|IU Policy for Free Week: The week prior to the exam period shall be free of major or final exams, except for practical tests at the end of lab periods. Paper projects may be due only if assigned well in advance.|
|May 5||Tuesday: Final Comprehensive Exam 5:00-7:00pm IGWS 2022, same lecture room as always.|