Tropical Marine Invertebrates
Course Description: This course examines the diversity of marine animals. We focus on major evolutionary innovations that occurred during the 600 million year history of animals and contemporary ecological processes that shape coastal marine communities. Topics include major features of body plans (multicellularity, symmetry, paired appendages, etc.), reproductive strategies (sex, asexual propagation, regeneration, etc.), trophic strategies (infaunal filter feeders, pelagic predators, parasites), and the responses of marine animals to environmental challenges, both natural and anthropogenic.In the field portion of the course, students will travel to Calabash Caye Field Station on Turneffe Atoll in Belize where you will spend 12 days investigating the invertebrate diversity of reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves.Recent syllabus: MarineSemester_Syllabus_TropicalMarineInvertebrates_2014_Stewart
Example of student research projects: Grelotti, Parker, Spangler and Woehrle (2012) Mangrove sponge identification and abundance BI569_2012_Presentation_GrelottiEtAl_MangroveSponges
Additional costs: BU tuition does cover all housing and food costs while in Belize. Students will be responsible for round trip airfare from Boston to Belize City.