Ecology and the Marine Environment

Course Dates

June 14, 2021 to June 28, 2021



Equivalent Note

Cornell students: this course is equivalent to BioEE 1610.

Cornell students, this course fulfills the following requirements (just like BioEE 1610):

Course Description

Photo of students in the intertidal zone during Ecology and the Marine Environment
EME students in the intertidal zone.

This course provides an introduction to ecology, covering interactions between marine organisms and the environment at scales of populations, communities, and ecosystems. The course culminates with a field-based research project with students working in the intertidal zone of Appledore Island and test concepts and theories learned in the classroom.

Students taking this course will:

  • Gain knowledge about how plants and animals cope with environmental variation through a variety of adaptations;
  • Develop a basic understanding of biogephgraphical patterns of species distributions and the application of the theory of island biogeography;
  • Learn the major pathways and mechanisms of nutrient cycling and the human impacts on these cycles.

Internship opportunities: This course is recommended experience for SML's Intertidal Ecology Internship, Aquatic Ecology Internship, and Parasite Ecology Internship.


Dr. Jed Sparks:

Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

Dr. Jan Factor:

Professor, School of Natural and Social Science, Purchase College SUNY

Dr. Rick Zechman:

Associate Dean, College of Natural Resources and Sciences, Humboldt State University

EME Faculty, 2015
Ecology and the Marine Environment 2015 faculty: Dr. Factor, Dr. Crumsey, Dr. Zechman and Joe Byington (TA).



Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 1610 (3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 674 (4 Credits)