BIOSM 3650 - Underwater Research

(BIO-AS, PBS-AS) (CU-SBY)     
Summer. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: one semester of college-level biology or equivalent, recognized SCUBA certification, and approval to SCUBA dive at Shoals. Offered in Maine at Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island.

J. Coyer, E. Siddon.

Covers the philosophy of research, hypothesis testing and experimental design, sampling methods, various underwater techniques, diving physics and physiology, and use of dive tables. Emphasizes subtidal ecological research. Requirements include critical evaluation of several journal articles and production of a research proposal.

Outcome 1: Understanding of basic principles in marine ecology, including competition, predation, and direct and indirect interactions, and how these forces shape the marine ecosystem in the Gulf of Maine.

Outcome 2: Identify subtidal algae, invertebrates, and fishes inhabiting diving depths around the Isles of Shoals, including species identification and life history characteristics.

Outcome 3: Hypothesis testing, as well as aspects of experimental design including sampling method, replication, and controls.

Outcome 4: Applying of introductory statistics, including student's t-test, ANOVA, and regression analyses.

Outcome 5: Designing and implementing an independent research project by observing patterns in the subtidal ecosystem and formulating testable hypotheses to explain the patterns.

Outcome 6: Analyzing and summarizing collected field data.

Outcome 7: Writing a formal Research Proposal based on the independent research project (design, data collection, analyses).

Outcome 8: Critiquing and evaluating original research proposals in an oral presentation and group discussion format.

Outcome 9: Applying fundamental principles of diving physics and physiology relevant to a working scientific diver.

Outcome 10: Becoming certified in fundamental skills in First Aid, O2 administration, and CPR.

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