Marine Biology

otter

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Marine Biology Department
907-474-7210

Department Overview

The Marine Biology Department is an academic and research group with faculty who work on the ecology, physiology and biochemistry/molecular biology of marine organisms, and investigate their interaction with the environment. Climate change research is a focus of many of our faculty. We focus primarily on Alaska and high-latitude systems, working from shore-based labs and oceanographic vessels with local community assistance.


B.S., Fisheries and Marine Science

The undergraduate program in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences offers students a broad education and training in fisheries biology, ecology, marine biology, oceanography, and related fields. In addition to rigorous scientific coursework, students engage in internships or research projects with professionals from various organizations, including local, state, federal, tribal, university, and private sectors.

The B.S. degree in fisheries and marine sciences prepares graduates for careers as professionals in fisheries and aquatic management, research, conservation, education, policy, and industry organizations. Typically, graduates secure employment with governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and academic institutions, both in Alaska and throughout North America. The program also provides a solid foundation for pursuing related graduate studies that will enable entry into careers in advanced research, management, administration, and teaching roles.

The undergraduate program is administered through the Fairbanks campus, and all fisheries and marine sciences courses (excluding field courses) are offered via distance education to accommodate students in outlying areas.

Minimum Requirements for Fisheries and Marine Sciences Bachelor's Degrees: 121 credits

Learn more about the bachelor’s degree in fisheries and marine sciences, including an overview of the program, career opportunities, and more.


M.S., Ph.D., Marine Biology

The marine biology graduate program focuses on the biology, ecology, physiology and biodiversity of marine organisms. Students may pursue either an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in marine biology. Our graduate students are afforded excellent opportunities for laboratory and field research. Our faculty conduct research in Fairbanks, the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory near Homer, the Juneau College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at Lena Point, the Seward Marine Center and the Alaska SeaLife Center. Students may conduct fieldwork in a variety of locations, including but not limited to the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, the Aleutian Islands and other coastal areas around Alaska. Our college also operates the coastal research vessel Nanuq and the ice-capable Sikuliaq, a University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System vessel.

Students considering graduate study in marine biology should have a strong background in biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, ecology, evolution or a related field. Students are admitted on the basis of their academic qualifications, research experience and the ability of the program to provide mentorship in their particular area of research interest. The Marine Biology Department is an equal-opportunity program, and we encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply. We review requests for admission throughout the year. Students must contact potential faculty advisors before applying.

Minimum Requirements for Marine Biology Degrees: M.S.: 30 credits; Ph.D.: 18 thesis credits


M.M.S., Marine Studies 

The M.M.S. degree offers a broad degree program, which can include topics such as marine ecology, organismal biology, ecosystem processes and oceanography. Students will select courses offered by the graduate program in Marine Biology and a variety of electives administered through several programs and departments, including fisheries, oceanography, statistics, biology and wildlife, journalism, communication, natural resource management and others. While the M.M.S. degree is primarily based on a project instead of a research-oriented thesis, M.M.S. graduate students are still afforded excellent opportunities for laboratory and field experiences. Laboratory facilities are available in Fairbanks, the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory near Homer, the Juneau College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at Lena Point, the Seward Marine Center and the Alaska SeaLife Center. Our college also operates the coastal research vessel Nanuq and the ice-capable Sikuliaq, a University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System vessel.

Students considering an M.M.S. degree should have an undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.) in a related field. Students are admitted on the basis of their ability and the capability of the program to meet their particular interests and needs. Faculty review requests for admission throughout the year. As a non-thesis masters' program, students do not typically receive stipend support from teaching or research assistantships.

Minimum Requirements for Marine Studies Master's Degree: 30 credits


Minor, Marine Science

The marine science minor is available to students in all degree programs. Students explore concepts in all areas of marine science (biological, chemical, physical and geological) and can obtain practical expertise through elective field courses. The minor is particularly useful to students in disciplines such as earth sciences, biology and wildlife, environmental science, political science, engineering, resource management and education, as these students will benefit from knowledge of the marine system for possible career paths in resource management, the seafood industry, education, instrumentation engineering, policymaking, etc.

Students who complete the minor in marine science will possess a knowledge base and skill set that will make them more competitive for a wide variety of agency and organization positions, particularly within coastal states. The education and training will be applicable to jobs within government management agencies such as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as Alaska Native organizations, nonprofit conservation organizations, the seafood industry, the tourism industry, or in other policy development, fisheries, education or outreach capacities.

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences also offers a B.S. degree in Fisheries and Marine Science with optional concentrations in fisheries, marine biology or oceanography.


Courses

Marine Biology (MBI)

MBI F102      Fact or Fishin': Case Studies in Fisheries and Marine Sciences
1 Credit

Offered Fall

This seminar will promote active learning, critical thinking and problem-solving through a series of case studies involving current issues in fisheries and marine sciences conservation and management. Students enrolled in this course will also receive instruction on fundamental skills required to successfully complete a four-year degree at UAF.

Cross-listed with FISH F102; OCN F102.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1.5 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F103      The Harvest of the Sea
2 Credits

Offered Spring

This course will explore the scientific and popular literature related to the exploitation of global marine resources. Specific topics of the course will be based on three core themes: (1) early exploitation of marine resources; (2) overexploitation of marine stocks; and (3) the status and sustainability of marine resources.

Prerequisites: FISH F102; FISH F110; placement in WRTG F111X.

Cross-listed with FISH F103; OCN F103.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F111L      The Oceans Laboratory
0 Credit

Offered Fall, Spring and Summer

Provides laboratory experience emphasizing insights from biology, physics, chemistry and geology. Topics include the evolution of the ocean basins, seawater composition, generation of ocean currents and waves, and the combined processes that sustain life in the ocean. Societal topics related to climate change.

Co-requisites: MBI F111X or OCN F111X.

Cross-listed with OCN F111L.

Attributes: UAF GER Natural Science Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Non-Graded

MBI F111X      The Oceans      (n)
4 Credits

Offered Fall, Spring and Summer

Broad study of our ocean through combining insights from biology, physics, chemistry and geology. Topics include evolution of the ocean basins, seawater composition, generation of ocean currents and waves, and the combined processes that sustain life in the ocean. Societal topics related to climate change, fisheries and pollution are discussed.

Prerequisites: Placement in WRTG F111X; placement in MATH F105.

Co-requisites: MBI F111L or OCN F111L.

Cross-listed with OCN F111X.

Attributes: UAF GER Natural Science Req

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F212      Introduction to Marine Science II
3 Credits

Offered Spring

This course explores the diversity of marine life, from microbes to mammals, and the interactions of marine organisms with each other and with their environment. Topics include primary productivity, marine food webs, physiological adaptations, and ecology of marine habitats from coastal to deep-sea systems.

Prerequisites: OCN F211.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F219      Marine Mammals of the World
2 Credits

Offered Spring

We will go on a tour of the 129 currently recognized extant marine mammal species in the world. We will explore taxonomy, species description and identifying characteristics, distribution, ecology, including feeding strategies, reproduction etc., status, threats and conservation.

Prerequisites: OCN F111X, FISH F102, FISH F103, BIOL F115X or BIOL F116X.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F220      Scientific Diving
2 Credits

Offered Spring

Introduction to cold water diving and SCUBA techniques used in the research community. Includes familiarization with Alaska subtidal flora and fauna. Opportunity to work underwater and assist with diving projects conducted by MBI F423 students at the Kasitsna Bay Marine Lab during spring break. Through this course, students also can be certified with a Research Diver Specialty (PADI) and a Dry Suit Specialty (PADI). CPR, First Aid (Red Cross), and Emergency Oxygen Administration (DAN) are available through this course. Special Conditions: Must have current SCUBA physical approved.

Prerequisites: Basic biology/ecology courses, SCUBA (open water) certification.

Special Notes: Completion of this course will allow students to be eligible to join the UAF (AAUS) dive program and to dive on the UAF-sanctioned diving projects and have reciprocity to dive with other universities and other government agencies.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 1 + 8

Grading System: Pass/Fail Grades

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken 15 times for up to 30 credits

MBI F306      Aquatic Invertebrate Zoology
4 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

We will explore the phylogenetics, life history, reproduction, physiology, morphology and sexual systems of aquatic invertebrates. Hands-on approaches, including a survey and comparison of taxonomic groups using microscopy and visual observations, recorded in a lab notebook, are central to the laboratory component of this course.

Prerequisites: (OCN F211 and MBI F212) or (BIOL F115X and BIOL F116X).

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F317      Introduction to Marine Mammal Biology
3 Credits

Offered Spring

The course will introduce students to the biology and diversity of cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, and other marine mammals. Topics will include evolution, ecology, reproduction, and behavior of marine mammals, their special adaptations, such as diving, osmo- and thermoregulation, and will explore some current conservation and management issues.

Prerequisites: BIOL F116X or MBI F212.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F320      Aquatic Ecology
3 Credits

Offered Fall

An introduction to the relationship between aquatic species and their environment, with an emphasis on biological interactions and environmental factors that structure these communities.

Prerequisites: (OCN F211 and MBI F212) or (BIOL F115X and BIOL F116X).

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F410      Marine Bird Ecology and Conservation
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

This course will introduce students to the biology, ecology and conservation of marine birds, with emphasis on seabirds, sea ducks and shorebirds, especially species found in Alaska and the Northern Hemisphere. Through ecological and evolutionary perspectives, topics will include biodiversity, adaptations, life histories, population ecology, demography, community ecology and conservation.

Prerequisites: BIOL F371 or MBI F320.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F412      Early Life Histories of Marine Invertebrates
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

This course will explore the diversity of reproductive strategies and larval forms in marine invertebrates, and consider selective pressures governing the evolution of these forms. Topics include larval ecology and evolution, environmental constraints on early life histories, reproductive biology, population dynamics, sources of larval mortality, dispersal, and recruitment.

Prerequisites: MBI F212; upper-division standing.

Stacked with MBI F612.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F415      Physiology of Marine Organisms
3 Credits

Offered Fall

We will study the problems and challenges vertebrates and invertebrates are facing in the marine environment, and their responses and solutions. Characteristic issues for marine animals include oxygen supply, salinity, temperature and pressure, and adaptations can vary widely or be remarkably similar.

Prerequisites: BIOL F310, MBI F212 or (BIOL F111X & BIOL F112X).

Stacked with MBI F615.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F421      Polar Marine Science
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Physical, biological, chemical and geological oceanography of the polar oceans with emphasis on comparing and contrasting the Arctic and Antarctic.

Prerequisites: OCN F211; MBI F212.

Stacked with MBI F621.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F423      Nearshore Ecology Field Course
2 Credits

Offered Spring

Students will propose a hypothesis that they will develop in the first two months of the semester and then experimentally test during a spring break field trip to the Kasitsna Bay Marine Lab. Projects may be subtidal (if the student is a current AAUS diver) or intertidal.

Prerequisites: MBI F220, successful completion of a 200-level marine biology, ecology, or equivalent courses; If the student wants to dive as part of their project, they must be AAUS divers with current CPR, First Aid, O2 Administration certifications, and have a current AAUS medical physical.

Stacked with MBI F623.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 1 + 8

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken 15 times for up to 30 credits

MBI F450      Marine Biology and Ecology Field Course
2 Credits

Offered Summer Odd-numbered Years

Advanced understanding of marine organisms in an ecological and evolutionary context through field and laboratory work at the Kasitsna Bay Marine Lab (Kachemak Bay, Alaska). Includes the study of marine macroalgae, invertebrates and plankton and relating their anatomical organization to habitat, lifestyle and ecology.

Prerequisites: One year of biology.

Recommended: Basic courses in ecology and invertebrate zoology.

Stacked with MBI F650.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 3 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F456      Kelp Forest Ecology
2 Credits

Offered Summer Even-numbered Years

Introduction to knowledge, hypotheses and disputes regarding kelp forest ecology, including the environmental and ecological interactions that influence their distribution, structure and function. Course includes lectures, discussions, labs and scuba diving field trips. We take a global perspective but focus on local Alaska subtidal flora and fauna.

Prerequisites: UAF Science Diver certification.

Stacked with MBI F656.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 5 + 35 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F457      Field Techniques in Ocean Acidification Research
3 Credits

Offered Summer Even-numbered Years

An introduction to the design and fabrication of experimental ocean acidification systems and oceanographic pH sensors for the study of ocean acidification. This course will require extra fees to cover laboratory activities, room and board. Students are responsible for the travel to and from Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, near Seldovia, Alaska.

Prerequisites: OCN F211 and MBI F212.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 4 + 3

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F476      Aquatic Food Web Ecology
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Examines theoretical and applied aspects of aquatic food web ecology, from the ecological processes that give rise to patterns in aquatic communities to the incorporation of trophic interactions into ecosystem-based management. Includes a lecture component focused on peer reviewed studies and a lab component focused on applying concepts with data.

Prerequisites: Upper-level undergraduate standing.

Cross-listed with BIOL F470; FISH F476.

Stacked with BIOL F670; FISH F676; MBI F676.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F482      Human Impacts to the Marine Biosphere
3 Credits

Offered Spring

A review of the biological mechanisms that marine species utilize to respond to ocean change focusing on the links between physical, chemical and biological systems and human activities.

Prerequisites: (OCN F211 and MBI F212) or (BIOL F115X and BIOL F116X).

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F492      Seminar
1-6 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken unlimited times for up to 99 credits

MBI F498      Research
1-6 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1-6 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken unlimited times for up to 99 credits

MBI F499      Senior Thesis
3 Credits

Under Marine Biology faculty mentorship, students will undertake a self-designed senior thesis capstone project based on field/lab data collected during a field course or work with their mentor. They must present results at a UAF event or scientific conference and are encouraged to publish in a peer-reviewed journal.

Prerequisites: Permission of a fisheries and ocean sciences faculty mentor.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 9

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken 2 times for up to 6 credits

MBI F601      Professional Development
1 Credit

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

Improve ability to make oral and poster presentations and to write resumes and cover letters. Includes lectures, discussions, and four individual projects. Students are encouraged to use their thesis/dissertation material for the posters and oral presentations. Feedback on all projects will be given by both instructor and students.

Recommended: Graduate status.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F602      Proposal Writing
1 Credit

Offered Fall

Familiarize students with the proposal writing process. Writing proposals is a common requirement during graduate school and will be continuing during the career as a scientist and researcher. This class aims to cover some common rules about good proposal writing.

Recommended: Graduate status.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Pass/Fail Grades

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken 3 times for up to 3 credits

MBI F603      Current Topics in Marine Science
1 Credit

Offered Fall

This course is required for completion of the Master of Marine Studies degree. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to current topics in the marine sciences, and in particular the diversity of research programs led by faculty associated with UAF’s Marine Biology Department.

Prerequisites: Graduate student standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F604      Modern Applied Statistics for Fisheries
4 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Covers general statistical approaches to quantitative problems in marine science and fisheries with guidance on how to collect and organize data, how to select appropriate statistical methods and how to communicate results. A variety of advanced statistical methods for analyzing environmental data sets will be illustrated in theory and practice.

Prerequisites: STAT F200X; STAT F401; proficiency in computing with R.

Cross-listed with FISH F604.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 3 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F605      Controversies in Marine Science
1 Credit

Offered Fall

Introduction to the idea that science is fluid and controversies and disagreements do occur. These disagreements are often published in the primary literature. This course will be a discussion/debate of various controversial topics in marine science.

Recommended: Graduate status.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Pass/Fail Grades

MBI F606      Marine Studies Capstone Project Seminar
2 Credits

Offered Spring

This course is required for completion of the Master of Marine Studies degree. The purpose of this course is to assist students in the process of synthesizing and applying information learned in previous courses and through literature review to create a rigorous and personally and professionally meaningful capstone project. because that specificity of instruction in format is outside the scope of this course; however, facility with creation in the specified format is essential for an effective project.

Prerequisites: MBI F698 (3 credits; may be taken concurrently); completion of at least 20 credits toward the Master of Marine Studies degree.

Special Notes: Students are particularly encouraged to take courses for developing experience in their project format before taking this course, for example, grant writing, documentary filmmaking, creative writing, web design, science communication, etc.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0.17 + 0 + 7

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F610      Marine Biology
3 Credits

Offered Spring

This class covers all major marine ecosystems across the globe in a comparative manner. Each system is introduced by its physical setting, then covers important primary producer sources or foundation species, ultimately leading to how ecological concepts structure the communities and food webs in these ecosystems.

Prerequisites: Degree in biology.

Recommended: Courses in invertebrate zoology, ichthyology, and vertebrate zoology.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F612      Early Life Histories of Marine Invertebrates
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

This course will explore the diversity of reproductive strategies and larval forms in marine invertebrates, and consider selective pressures governing the evolution of these forms. Topics include larval ecology and evolution, environmental constraints on early life histories, reproductive biology, population dynamics, sources of larval mortality, dispersal, and recruitment.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Stacked with MBI F412.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F615      Physiology of Marine Organisms
3 Credits

Offered Fall

We will study the problems and challenges vertebrates and invertebrates are facing in the marine environment, and their responses and solutions. Characteristic issues for marine animals include oxygen supply, salinity, temperature and pressure, and adaptations can vary widely or be remarkably similar.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Stacked with MBI F415.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F619      Biology of Marine Mammals
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to a broad range of research and conservation topics associated with marine mammals. Topics include physiological adaptations, phylogeny and evolution, behavior, ecology, population dynamics and conservation.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; or upper-division ecology and biology courses.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F621      Polar Marine Science
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

Physical, biological, chemical and geological oceanography of the polar oceans with emphasis on comparing and contrasting the Arctic and Antarctic.

Prerequisites: graduate standing.

Stacked with MBI F421.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F623      Nearshore Ecology Field Course
2 Credits

Offered Spring

Students will propose a hypothesis that they will develop in the first two months of the semester and then experimentally test during a spring break field trip to the Kasitsna Bay Marine Lab. Projects may be subtidal (if the student is a current AAUS diver) or intertidal.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; MBI F220, successful completion of a 200-level marine biology, ecology, or equivalent courses; If the student wants to dive as part of their project, they must be AAUS divers with current CPR, First Aid, O2 Administration certifications, and have a current AAUS medical physical.

Stacked with MBI F423.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 1 + 8

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken 15 times for up to 30 credits

MBI F627      Statistical Computing with R
2 Credits

Offered Fall

Using the free, open-source software R to teach computing, programming, and modeling concepts for the statistical computing of fisheries and biological data. Prepares students for other graduate-level, quantitative fisheries courses and covers exploratory statistical and graphical analyses, as well as computer-intensive methods such as bootstrapping and randomization tests.

Prerequisites: STAT F200X; STAT F401; proficiency with Excel.

Cross-listed with FISH F627; OCN F627.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 3 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F631      Data Analysis in Community Ecology
3 Credits

Offered Spring Odd-numbered Years

This course will provide an overview of statistical methods that have been specifically developed to aid our understanding and interpretation of the structure, abundance, and distribution of species and communities in relation to resources and the environment.

Prerequisites: STAT F200X; STAT F401; FISH F627 (Statistical Computing with R) or familiarity with R, general ecology, graduate standing in fisheries.

Cross-listed with FISH F631; OCN F631.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F650      Marine Biology and Ecology Field Course
2 Credits

Offered Summer Odd-numbered Years

Advanced understanding of marine organisms in an ecological and evolutionary context through field and laboratory work at the Kasitsna Bay Marine Lab (Kachemak Bay, Alaska). Includes the study of marine macroalgae, invertebrates and plankton and relating their anatomical organization to habitat, lifestyle and ecology.

Prerequisites: One year of biology; graduate standing.

Stacked with MBI F450.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 3 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F652      Marine Ecosystems
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Understanding ecosystems of the sea in the context of evaluating the impact of human activities. Focus on current concepts, trends and perspectives.

Prerequisites: BIOL F472; OCN F620; OCN F650.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F654      Benthic Ecology
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Ecology of marine benthos, from subtidal to hadal zone. Methods of collecting, sorting, narcotizing, preserving and analyzing benthic assemblages, including video analytical techniques from submersibles and ROVs. Hydrothermal vent and cold seep assemblages. Physiology/energetics of benthic organisms, including animal-sediment relationships, feeding, reproduction and growth. Depth, spatial and latitudinal distribution patterns.

Prerequisites: Invertebrate zoology course, marine biology course.

Cross-listed with FISH F654.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F656      Kelp Forest Ecology
2 Credits

Offered Summer Even-numbered Years

Introduction to knowledge, hypotheses and disputes regarding kelp forest ecology, including the environmental and ecological interactions that influence their distribution, structure and function. Course includes lectures, discussions, labs and scuba diving field trips. We take a global perspective but focus on local Alaska subtidal flora and fauna.

Prerequisites: UAF Science Diver certification.

Stacked with MBI F456.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 5 + 35 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F661      Stable Isotope Techniques in Environmental Research
3 Credits

Offered Spring

An examination of the use of added or naturally occurring isotope tracers in ecological studies. Demonstration of equipment and modern techniques.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F667      Ecology and Physiology of Marine Macroalgae
3 Credits

Offered Fall Odd-numbered Years

This course offers a comprehensive overview of marine seaweeds, encompassing their diverse range, structural composition, physiological functions, ecological roles, fundamental categorization methods and their significant connection to human activities. By engaging in this course, students will enhance their understanding of the ecological and economic importance of marine seaweeds.

Prerequisites: Upper-division standing in a natural science for undergraduates or graduate standing.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F676      Aquatic Food Web Ecology
3 Credits

Offered Fall Even-numbered Years

Examines theoretical and applied aspects of aquatic food web ecology, from the ecological processes that give rise to patterns in aquatic communities to the incorporation of trophic interactions into ecosystem-based management. Includes a lecture component focused on peer reviewed studies and a lab component focused on applying concepts with data.

Cross-listed with BIOL F670; FISH F676.

Stacked with BIOL F470; FISH F476; MBI F476.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 3 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

MBI F692      Seminar
1-6 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1-6 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Letter Grades with option of Plus/Minus

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken unlimited times for up to 99 credits

MBI F692P      Seminar
1-6 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1-6 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Pass/Fail Grades

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken unlimited times for up to 99 credits

MBI F698      Non-thesis Research/Project
1-9 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Pass/Fail Grades

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken unlimited times for up to 99 credits

MBI F699      Thesis
1-12 Credits

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0 + 0 + 0

Grading System: Pass/Fail Grades

Repeatable for Credit: May be taken unlimited times for up to 99 credits

Faculty

Kristen Gorman

Assistant Professor
Marine Biology

kbgorman@alaska.edu
Fairbanks


Lara Horstmann

Chair, Department of Marine Biology
Associate Professor
Marine Biology

lara.horstmann@alaska.edu
Fairbanks


Katrin Iken

Professor
Marine Biology

kbiken@alaska.edu
Fairbanks


Amanda Kelley

Assistant Professor
Marine Biology

alkelley@alaska.edu
Fairbanks


Brenda Konar

Alaska EPSCoR Fire and Ice Project Director
Professor
Marine Biology

bhkonar@alaska.edu
Fairbanks


Sarah Mincks

Associate Professor
Marine Biology

slmincks@alaska.edu
Fairbanks


Schery Umanzor

Assistant Professor
Marine Biology

sumanzor@alaska.edu
Juneau


Matthew Wooller

Professor
Marine Biology

mjwooller@alaska.edu
Fairbanks