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David L. Stokes
BIS 306
Bothell Campus

Marine Diversity and Conservation

Exploration of marine biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest. Basic concepts in evolution, development, ecology, and conservation are introduced through inquiry-guided exercises based in the marine environment. Examination of human impacts on marine environments and subsequent consequences for human health and welfare.

Class description

The marine environment is home to an exceedingly wide range of life forms. These diverse organisms, and the processes which they support, are of critical importance to humans—-biologically, economically, and culturally. In this class, we will learn about the diversity of marine life, the challenges we face in managing marine systems, the impacts humans are having on marine diversity, and current opportunities for conserving that diversity.

Student learning goals

Greater understanding of the diversity of marine life, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, and conservation and management issues related to marine organisms and ecosystems.

In-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular element of marine diversity and the conservation issues related to that element.

Increased understanding of the types of information on which our knowledge of marine systems is based, and improved ability to critically evaluate scientific data and hypotheses pertaining to marine organisms and systems.

Improved ability to communicate knowledge and understanding of marine diversity, systems, and issues to others, both in oral and written form.

General method of instruction

Most classes will be a mix of lecture and discussion. We will take one Saturday field trip (required).

Recommended preparation

Recommended but not required: One of the following: BIS 243 Introduction to Environmental Issues, or equivalent BIS 390 Ecology and the Environment, or equivalent

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be determined based on tests, one individual or group project, and class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by David L. Stokes
Date: 11/30/2011