Learn how scientists are studying the effect a changing climate has on marine life
The course is designed to provide an overview of some oceanic processes and how marine biology and oceanography are intertwined. By studying oceanography we can begin to understand the impact climate change has on ocean processes such as ocean temperatures, currents, chemistry, geology and biology. This allows scientists to design and carry out conservation measures to protect marine life and their habitats and which we will demonstrate using Long Island Sound as our outdoor laboratory.
Our goals for you once you have completed this program are:
1) That you leave the program with a better understanding of how scientists discover and explain the workings of the natural world
2) How oceanography helps us to appreciate and manage our planet, and
3) How critical thinking can help us evaluate conflicting claims about where the earth's environment and its oceans is headed.
This will be accomplished by touching on specific principles of marine biology and marine science in general, applying some mathematical analysis, and hypothesis testing and applying reasoning that will converge all our topics to not only develop a better appreciation of the marine environment.
Elements of marine chemistry and marine physics are explored using instrumentation. You will collect data from field measurements and chemical analysis and record qualitative observations. Homework will be comprised of generating graphs and contemplating questions we plan to discuss during the next class. The discussions about the data and observations will generate a final group “report” on Baker’s Cove as a snapshot of the health of Eastern Long Island Sound.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed two years of high school science and math through Algebra I to take this course. High School transcripts will be evaluated to confirm this requirement has been met.
Session 2A: July 5th - July 23rd
MWF 11:00am - 1:30pm EST
This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:
- Introduction to Ocean Science
- Instruments and sample collection
- Physical and chemical parameters influence on marine organisms – it’s complicated!
- Explore an eel grass bed – view GoPro Camera footage
- Take physical and chemical measurement
- Study tide pools
- Conduct a plankton tow
- Conduct ocean acidification experiments
- Marine Ecology and Conservation
- Invasive species – settling plates
- Virtual tour of Mystic Aquarium’s Conservation efforts
- Marine Ecology and Biology
- Mussel filtration rates
Meet the Professor
Claudia Koerting received her Masters degree in oceanography at the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Rhode Island. While at URI, she studied bioactive compounds derived from marine organisms. After her post-doctoral work at URI, Dr. Koerting worked in NSF sponsored secondary school science curricula and then as a research associate in the UConn's department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the department of Pathobiology. Among her projects at that time was the study of marine pathogens. She continued to study the detection of marine-borne pathogens as a research professor in the department of marine sciences until she took over the supervision of the departments' analytical labs. She is also the coordinator of the Marine Sciences undergraduate program, teaches several undergraduate courses and mentors undergraduate research projects. Her interests and research continue in the fields of marine chemistry and marine microbiology.