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Julie E Keister
OCEAN 532
Seattle Campus

Marine Zooplankton Ecology

Examines the roll of zooplankton in ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. Covers the distribution and abundance of zooplankton in space and time; small-scale distributions; morphology and behavior; population dynamic, energetics, and secondary production; trophic structure and dynamics; biogeography; impacts of climate change; and models of populations and food chains.

Class description

The role of zooplankton in marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. Distribution and abundance of zooplankton in space and time; small-scale distributions; morphology and behavior; population dynamics, energetics, and secondary production; trophic structure and dynamics; biogeography; impacts of climate change; and models of populations and food chains.

Student learning goals

Develop and understanding of the role of zooplankton in aquatic ecosystems.

Learn to critically read and understand the primary literature.

Develop discussion and written skills.

General method of instruction

Mix of lectures, literature reading and discussion, projects.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Evaluation for this course will be primarily based on active and thoughtful discussion of assigned readings. Written assignments will include a final class project and occasional assignments through the quarter.


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 Julie E Keister
Date: 04/01/2010