Climate change and marine ecosystems



Course Schedules

Tentative Syllabus

1) Introduction to Oceanic Ecosystems

17 June

a.m. Structure of microbial communities – Primary producers and protistan grazers (methods, composition/taxa/size, clonal variability/molecular, ecological determinants of composition and size structure) (Landry)

a.m. Functional ecology of heterotropic prokaryotes - microbial methods and processes (Suttle)

p.m. Primary production, new production, elemental ratios (ecological stoichiometry) – (Laws)

      p.m. photosynthesis and UV-related photo biological impacts on plankton (Gao)

18 June

a.m. Microbial food web dynamics, carbon flux and biological pump  - (growth/grazing methods and relationships, remineralization, food web efficiency) (Landry)

a.m. Viral-host interactions -  (Suttle)

2) Effects of Global Change and Human Activities on Oceanic Ecosystems

p.m.  Introduction to global climate change and ocean’s role in carbon cycle (Cai, ???)

p.m. Chemical oceanography (air-sea exchange, carbonate system, CO2 source and sink) (Cai)

p.m. Equilibrium calculations of the marine carbonate system and the dynamics of O2 and CO2: a mini lab (Cai)

19 June

a.m. Ocean acidification and its impact to marine organisms and ecosystems (Gao)

p.m. Effect of warming and human activities on biological processes (microbial processes, carbon flux, food web dynamics and biological pump) – (Suttle, Landay)

3) Biological and ecosystem modeling

20 June

a.m. Pelagic food chain model and ef ratios (Laws)

p.m. Stability of ecosystem models (Laws)

21 June

a.m. Effects of temperature on export production — Matlab exercise (Laws)

Regional focuses and case studies

p.m. California Currents or CRD FLUZiE ? (Landry), China Seas (invited guest), Kaneohe Bay (Laws)

      p.m. Group discussion


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