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  • Biology 3709 (FALL SEMESTER)

    • Instructor: Dr. Bob Hooper, MUN
    • Dates: Aug 18 - Aug 30, 2014
    • Credit: 3 credit hours
    • Write Up Deadline: TBA
    • Description:
      This is an introduction to marine habitats, organisms and sampling techniques. Students will become familiar with the important fish, invertebrates and plants that characterize Newfoundland's coastal waters. The structure of various biological communities and the interactions between the key organisms and their oceanographic and geological habitats are stressed. The course is structured as a sequence of daily field and laboratory modules including: hydrography, water masses, water chemistry, phytoplankton, zooplankton, saltmarshes, tidal flats, rocky shores, sedimentary communities, marine birds and mammals, marine pollution, fisheries management, etc. Students will learn to use oceanographic and biological sampling equipment and methods used to scientifically examine each of these habitats and groups of organisms.
    • Field Trip:
      This course will involve a field trip to southern Labrador. The cost associated with this field trip will be $100.00.
    • References:
      Peterson Field Guide to the Atlantic Seashore Stevens et al., Gros Morne National Park map
    • Evaluation:
      Quiz 20%, Field notebook 15%, Project 20%, Presentation 10%, Exam 35%
  • Biology 4810 - Marine Research Field Course

    • Instructor: Dr. Bob Hooper, MUN
    • Dates: April 19 - May 3, 2014
    • Credit: 3 credit hours
    • Write Up Deadline: May 3, 2014 (the report is due on the last day of the course)
    • Description:
      The purpose of this course is to give students training and experience in independent field research. Each student will be totally responsible for every aspect of a personal research project. On campus, during the early winter, they will undertake a thorough literature review of the current primary literature, compile every detail of the design of the experiment(s) including statistical techniques, complete a list of necessary equipment and reagents, and generally be ready to start the project. Thirty per cent of the course mark depends upon successful completion of this preliminary phase. The actual research will be undertaken at the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point during the two-week period after examinations end. The project report will be submitted immediately following the completion of the work. The instructors will help and advise but the student must be independent. Although this requires hard work in often-uncomfortable conditions, most students find this course extremely rewarding and memorable.
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    • Evaluation:
      Project preparation 20%, Report 70%, Participation 10%
  • Biology 4912 – Biology of Marine Mammals

    • Instructor: Dr. Catherine Hood, MUN Adjunct Professor
    • Dates: July 28- Aug 9, 2014
    • Credit: 3 credit hours
    • Write Up Deadline: Aug 25, 2014
    • Textbook: TBD
    • Description:
      The waters adjacent to Newfoundland Labrador are excellent locations for observing and studying marine mammals. This course offers students a unique opportunity to study and observe several species of whales, seals, dolphins and porpoise within a two-week period. There will be frequent field trips at sea to observe marine mammals in their natural habitats. Lectures and lab sessions will cover the adaptations, behaviour, morphology, sensory systems, evolution, community ecology and conservation issues of marine mammals as well as future prospects.
    • Field Trip:
      This course will involve a field trip to Port au Choix, St. Anthony and L'Anse aux Meadows. The cost associated with this field trip will be $100.00.
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    • Evaluation:
      Evaluation-diversity project 5%, research paper 20%, presentation of research 20%, laboratory session notes 10%, course participation 10%, final exam 35%.
  • Biology 4710-Experimental Marine Biology of Newfoundland Waters

    • Instructor: Dr. M. DuRand and Dr. P. Snelgrove , MUN
    • Dates: May 18 – May 31, 2014
    • Credit: 3 credit hours
    • Write Up Deadline: June 6, 2014
    • Textbook: TBD
    • Description:
      Introduction to oceanography and plankton, Sampling methodologies for plankton, Phytoplankton & biogeography, Photosynthesis, Nutrient dynamics, Phytoplankton growth, Marine snow, Zooplankton/Microzooplankton, Meroplankton/Ichthyoplankton, Life cycles & ocean circulation, Particle flux/trap dynamics, Benthos, Boundary layers, Marine food webs, Energetics and modeling.

      This course will explore the flora and fauna of both the pelagic and benthic marine environments in Bonne Bay and focus on the linkages between them. It will be field intensive, with a moderate lecture component and a strong practical laboratory field component, where we will learn to sample and identify the organisms that live in coastal waters and how and why they change in time and space.
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    • Evaluation:
      Tentative: Quiz 15%, Research Project 25%, Notebook 15%, Presentation 10%, Final Exam 35%
  • Biology 4014 - Biology of Boreal and Arctic Seaweeds

    • Instructor: Dr. Bob Hooper, MUN
    • Dates: July 7 - July 19, 2014
    • Credit: 3 credit hours
    • Write Up Deadline: Aug 1, 2014
    • Textbook: TBD
    • Description:
      This is a hands-on introduction to seaweeds. Students will become familiar with identification of important species and their ecological roles. Bonne Bay and southern Labrador support a diverse seaweed flora. In addition to boreal species, we will meet many species that you would otherwise have to visit the Arctic to observe. Practical field and laboratory skills will be taught. Evolution, systematics, physiological ecology and biogeography will be addressed. Seaweed economics, environmental issues, conservation and food webs will be studied. There may be a 2 day trip to southern Labrador.
    • Field Trip:
      Quiz 20%, research project 25%, notebook 20%, final exam 35%.
    • References:
    • Evaluation:
      This course will involve a seaweed collecting trip to southern Labrador.
      The cost associated with this field trip will be $100.00.
  • Biology 3714 - Estuarine Fish Ecology

    • Instructor: Dr. Craig Purchase
    • Dates: June 18-June 28, 2014
    • Credit: 3 credit hours
    • Write Up Deadline: July 28, 014
    • Textbook: W.B., & M.G. Scott; 1988 Atlantic Fishes of Canada,
    • Description:
      Community structure, function and distribution of northern coastal fishes in fjords and estuarine environments. Emphasis on sampling, field techniques, taxonomy, quantitative characterization, adaptations and habitat relationships. A comparative approach will contrast fish communities from other areas.
    • Field Trip:
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    • Evaluation:
      Quiz 15%, Field Book and Participation 15%, Presentation 10%,
      Research Project 25%, Final Exam 35%
  • Biology 3709 - Marine Principles and Techniques

    • Instructor: Dr. Bob Hooper, MUN
    • Dates: May 5 - May 17, 2014
    • Credit: 3 credit hours
    • Write Up Deadline: May 23, 2014
    • Description:
      This is an introduction to marine habitats, organisms and sampling techniques. Students will become familiar with the important fish, invertebrates and plants that characterize Newfoundland's coastal waters. The structure of various biological communities and the interactions between the key organisms and their oceanographic and geological habitats are stressed. The course is structured as a sequence of daily field and laboratory modules including: hydrography, water masses, water chemistry, phytoplankton, zooplankton, saltmarshes, tidal flats, rocky shores, sedimentary communities, marine birds and mammals, marine pollution, fisheries management, etc. Students will learn to use oceanographic and biological sampling equipment and methods used to scientifically examine each of these habitats and groups of organisms.
    • Field Trip:
      This course will involve a field trip to southern Labrador.
      The cost associated with this field trip will be $100.00.
    • References:
      Peterson Field Guide to the Atlantic Seashore Stevens et al., Gros Morne National Park map
    • Evaluation:
      Quiz 20%, Field notebook 15%, Project 20%, Presentation 10%, Exam 35%

mailing address:

Bonne Bay Marine Station
PO Box 69
Norris Point, NL
A0K 3V0
Canada

email addresses:

Dr. Robert Scott, Director
rscott@grenfell.mun.ca

Allison Eaton, Manager
allison.eaton@mun.ca

Marine Education Interpretive Staff

Front Desk (May-Sept.): (709) 458-2874