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Course Syllabus 2002: Tropical Marine Ecology of the Florida Keys, Everglades and the Bahamas

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Input Your Topic or Research Paper, and then review feedback here. Topics have to be approved by Dr. Cummins (Marine Ecology) via this web feedback. Specific topics are first-come, first-served.

A Note from Your Fearless Leader

Hello Marine Ecology Folks!

I'm looking forward to our course. As part of my course expectations, each student will present a twenty minute talk on a tropical ecosystem topic of your choice during the course. These presentations will be at lunch time or in the evenings. You may have as little as one day's notice!

To do a good job in your 15-20 minute presentation, you will need to hit the library and WWW well ahead of time. We will use the World Wide Web as our Discussion Feedback Central. You can see what other students are talking about and I would expect that you would submit suggestions on other peoples topics as well! In the selection of a topic, besides submitting a title, include a synopsis of your discussion topic. What do you plan on teaching the class? Why do you feel your topic is important? Include an outline of your talk and at least 5 references! I will provide feedback(everyone is welcome to contribute suggestions) via the web.

A research paper (minimum 5 pages plus references)building from your discussion topic, is due the first day of the course (hard copy). The paper should be posted to the web by 6/9/2000.

The time line for completion is:

-By Mar 30, 2000. Topic Selection, Paragraph, Outline, and Sources. First-Come, First-Served!

-April 30, 2000. Final Outline Submission: Rewrite after having received feedback.

-June 9, 2000. Final Paper Posting. A five page paper on your discussion topic.

Topics can include, but are not restricted to, anything related to tropical ecology,coastal ecology, marine ecology, weather and climate,global change, oceanography and astronomy. Some topic ideas include land use, agriculture in southern Florida, climate change, conservation, plants (seagrass beds, epiphytes, emergent trees, palms, understory plants); processes (predation in coral reefs, competition, nutrient cycling, mutualism), conservation, plate tectonics and volcanism in the Caribbean and Bahamas, indigenous peoples of southern Florida and the Bahamas, coral reef ecology, mangrove ecosystems, species loss, or specfic species or family studies on fish, invertebrates, aquatic mammals, birds, or other specific organisms (e.g. bats, lizards, freshwater fish, mollusks,butterflies and moths, chitons, or limpets) or other topics addressing biodiversity. Let your interests lead the way. Do not be constrained by these suggestions! Look at what other students have talked about in previous years. To "prime" your discussion, you may wish to provide readings in advance to the class.

Let me know if I can help in any way. And, if you haven't done so yet, check out the Trop Marine Ecology Image Web Page. You'll get a taste of what's in store!

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