Marine Ecology


Instructor: Isabelle Neylan
Wednesdays, May 24 – June 7, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Berger Center
3-week session, Cost: $50

Course Description:
Ecology broadly deals with how factors, both living and non-living, impact the distribution and abundance of organisms living in the sea. Explore diverse habitats like coral reefs and kelp forests and the marine organisms that live there. Understand the impact of humans and some possible paths to mitigating or addressing those challenges.

Course Details:
Ecology broadly deals with how factors both living and non-living impact the distribution and abundance of organisms. In the marine environment, these organisms must deal with a unique suite of factors that create the diverse and varied habitats we know and love (coral reefs, kelp forests, rocky shores, etc.) The ocean covers over 2/3 of the Earth’s surface (and 90% of its habitable volume) and is home to an astonishing variety and number of organisms.

In this course, we will start by outlining some basic ecological principles and compare how these are the same or differ on land as compared to the sea. We will then explore some of the different marine habitats and hopefully highlight the diverse range of organisms that live there. Finally, we will cover how humans have impacted these habitats and some possible paths to mitigating and addressing these challenges.

Instructor Biography:
Isabelle Neylan is a PhD candidate at UC Davis with a focus in ecology and evolution. Her research explores how marine invertebrates are adapting to changing environments both within and across generations. She is based out of the Bodega Marine Laboratory.