MAR 388/537 - Tropical Marine Ecology
A Winter Session Travel Course, Discovery Bay Marine Lab, Jamaica

Stony Brook University - School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Winter Term - 2016

January 9-22, 2016

Discovery Bay Marine Lab, Jamaica

Instructors:    Dr. Brad Peterson
                    Dr. Joe Warren

Course Informational Meetings:
Wed, Sept 30, SAC 304, 7pm
Tue, Sept 29, 5pm, Southampton Marine Station
or email
with any questions

The study of coral reefs ecosystems and their inhabitants.

This class will bring students to the tropical nation of Jamaica to explore the ecology of coral reef ecosystems. The goal of this class is to teach students about the ecology of the tropical coral reef environments through lectures, field trips, snorkeling trips, SCUBA diving trips and student designed research projects. The first half of the course will be devoted to twice-a-day formal lectures, demonstrations, and instructor-led field trips to provide students with a basic knowledge of the common organisms and the roles they play in various the coral reef ecosystem. For the second half of the course, lectures will be once per day and faculty will work with students to develop individual research projects examining organismal ecology of coral reefs. Students will write a research proposal and experimental design and faculty will work with students to develop a project which is scientifically thorough, and which considers the ecology of the reef. Thereafter, on a daily basis, much of the student's time will be devoted to making field observations and collecting data for their research projects. Students will deliver oral progress reports to the class, allowing for students to get feedback from both the faculty and their peers. Final progress reports will be written and will serve as the basis for their final papers.

Drs. Brad Peterson and Joe Warren are marine scientists with complementary expertise in such fields as marine ecology, phycology, zooplankton and nekton, and invertebrate biology. They are experienced in tropical environments and have strong academic interest in tropical marine ecosystems.

See this year's course blog for an idea of what the course is like. Or check out the "Best Photos" from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 classes.

If you are interested, promptly e-mail your name and phone number to Brad Peterson:

Be sure to attend the next organizational meeting.