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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


BIOSM 2770 Introduction to Marine Conservation Biology

Course description

(summer only) This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

An introduction to the topics of environmental science and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems. This is a critical subject as over 70% of our planet is ocean and 80% of the world’s population and 50% of Americans live in within 50-60 miles of the ocean. High levels of human use of marine and coastal systems often lead to conflict between natural ecosystems and humans. We will focus on the major principles of the biology of marine organisms and their conservation and on methods to bring human communities into a better relationship with the natural resources they enjoy and rely on. We will investigate examples and topics in the Gulf of Maine and beyond. We will explore the following topics: marine ecosystem processes; biodiversity; threats to marine ecosystems; species conservation; relevance of marine biology to current scientific, social, health, and economic arenas; and the conservation of ecosystem function and services. Course projects will revolve around working with a local land manger to construction real world management goals and actions.


one semester of college level biology or equivalent


The next offering of this course is undetermined at this time. Find similar upcoming programs by tag: biology, ecology/nature, marine science, sustainability, U.S. (east)

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