Marine Bioacoustics Courses (1993 to 2017)
Since 1993, we have organized many bioacoustical oceanography and marine bioacoustics courses funded primarily by the Office of Naval Research. By bringing together many of the top researchers in marine bioacoustics, biological oceanography, and marine biology, these courses have provided students with a unique opportunity to work side by side with world experts using state-of-the-art tools and technologies. The courses also have provided a setting for developing and testing new technologies. In this manner, they have served as a research magnet, attracting leading scientists to conduct their own research in a creative teaching and learning environment that has catalyzed interactions across the various disciplines associated with marine bioacoustics. During the past 20 years, the courses have trained over 325 students from 32 different countries.
Hawaii Island Field Courses
In 2004, we began offering the Earth and Environmental Systems (EES) Field Programs based primarily on Hawaii Island, but with short additional field trips to the other Hawaiian Islands. The program emphasizes hands-on field research, using the islands as dynamic and natural living laboratories. Students study the natural history, geology, biogeochemistry, and marine ecology of the Hawaiian Islands, as well as the history, culture, and sustainability ethics of its people. Specific courses included:
Field Study of the Earth System
Biogeochemistry of the Hawaiian Islands
Contested Terrain: Introduction to Hawaiian History and Culture
Undergrad: BIOEE/EAS 3500, Grad: BIOEE/EAS 5500
Lecture and student-led discussion course covers the interactions of physical and biological processes in marine ecosystems. The course begins by looking at these processes on global to regional scales and works down to the smaller scales. The course introduces students to modern techniques of marine-ecosystems research, including remote sensing and ecosystem modeling. The course focuses on anthropogenic impacts on the global ocean as well as the sustainable use of its services and resources.
Marine Ecosystem Sustainability
Undergrad: BIOEE/EAS 4620, Grad: BIOEE 5620
Lectures and discussion focus on current research in marine ecosystems with an emphasis on processes unique to marine systems and current issues of ocean sustainability. A synthetic treatment of multiple levels of organization in the ocean including organismal, population, community, and ecosystems. Examples are drawn from all types of marine habitats, including polar seas, temperate coastal waters, and tropical coral reefs.
Lecture: BIOEE/EAS 1540, Lecture & Lab: BIOEE/EAS 1560
This class relies more on intuitive reasoning rather than complicated mathematical formulas to convey basic concepts about how the ocean works. For this reason, the class is very accessible to non-science majors. The class covers standard material about how the ocean works, but also includes current environmental threats facing the ocean such as global warming, ocean acidification, overfishing and coastal pollution. Students will gain a depth of knowledge about the ocean and global warming to enable them to speak and write confidently about contemporary public issues regarding the health of the ocean, global warming and a sustainable future.
Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
4120 Snee Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY