Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573

207-563-3119 (fax)

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UMaine Accredited Fall Semester Courses
These fall semester courses will be offered in 2014 as the Semester By the Sea program, but may be taken individually as well. They incur regular UMaine tuition and fees. UMaine students can register directly through MaineStreet. Non-UMaine students should contact Dr. William Ellis for additional academic and registration information.

SMS 350: SBS Undergraduate Seminar
Dr. Kevin Eckelbarger

During informal sessions students will be assisted in planning a career following college graduation including preparing a curriculum vitae, applying for jobs, handling interviews, and applying to graduate school. In the latter instance, students will learn how to select graduate schools and advisors, preparing applications, and setting a course towards a career as a professional marine scientist. This course is required for SBS students. 1 credit.
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ecology class

SMS 352: Marine Ecology
Dr. Bob Steneck

Marine communities and ecological interactions are studied through lectures, field trips along the rocky shore of Maine, and laboratories. Concepts of biodiversity, the food web, and the role of physical and biological limiting factors are developed. Critical and creative thinking and problem solving are enhanced by designing and conducting experiments to test hypotheses. Data analysis and report writing are emphasized. 4 credits.
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R/V Ira C.

SMS 480: Biology of Marine Invertebrates
Dr. Kevin Eckelbarger

Most of the biodiversity of the world is made up of small to medium-sized invertebrates that represent 97% of all the animals on the planet. About 1-2-million invertebrates have been described with an estimated 30-million remaining to be discovered. Invertebrates can be divided into approximately 35 basic body plans and they can be found in every marine habitat from the bottom muds to the overlying water and from shallow, intertidal zones to the deep sea. This course will deal with the general biology of coastal and deep water marine invertebrates of the Gulf of Maine including their functional morphology, behavior, ecology, and life histories. Students will study living specimens and will learn to recognize and identify many common species encountered in the region. They will participate in numerous field trips to various coastal habitats to collect specimens, including several trips on a research vessel to collect larvae from the plankton and adult specimens via bottom sampling. An emphasis will be placed on species diversity and body design relative to habitat type. 4 credits.
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SMS 481: Marine Biomechanics: Design of Marine Organisms
Dr. Pete Jumars

Students use flumes and other flow devices to gain an understanding of the principles of momentum and mass transfer and then to discover how they influence form and function in marine organisms. Lectures prepare students to conduct their own laboratory observations: abiotic flows and model living organisms interacting with flows. A final integration adds sensory ecology and unsteady flow behaviors. Applications range from bacteria to invertebrates and vertebrates. Lecture and laboratory are combined into a day-long class period. Juniors and seniors only.
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human impacts class

SMS 482: Human Impacts on the Ocean
Dr. Larry Mayer

Human Impacts on the Ocean deals with the many ways in which humans have influenced oceanic processes at local and global scales. We seek to identify changes, which means identifying human influences against a background of natural changes. Examples of areas covered include biological species introductions, nutrient enrichments, oil and other forms of pollution, and manipulation of sediments. 3 credits.
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plankton tow

SMS 491: Problems in Marine Science -
Zooplankton and Ichthyoplankton in Marine Ecosystems
Dr. Jeffrey Runge

This course presents the world of zooplankton, how we study it and our current understanding of zooplankton's role in marine ecosystems. Students receive training in taxonomy and identification, sampling techniques and measurement of rate processes used in determining zooplankton fluxes and population dynamics. Fundamental concepts about biodiversity, the trophic role of zooplankton, factors influencing fish recruitment, and the influence of climate change on pelagic ecosystems are examined. The course consists of a morning lecture followed by instruction in field and laboratory settings to demonstrate methods and lecture concepts. Students participate in coastal transects and learn to sample and identify local zooplankton and planktonic stages of fish. The control of phytoplankton biomass by grazing is measured by short term incubation experiments. Population dynamics is studied by observation of copepod population structure and reproductive rates. The goal is to provide students with an experience of the richness and complexity of zooplankton in their natural environment while learning methodology and critical analysis of data and concepts. 3 credits.
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SMS 491: Problems in Marine Science -
Marine Fisheries Ecology
Dr. Rick Wahle

This course will integrate aspects of natural history and ecology with traditional fisheries science and modeling, drawing upon examples of various fisheries around the world. The field component will focus on mid-coast Maine's active lobster fishery as a vehicle for students to become involved in the quantitative methods of conducting surveys on the wild population, their habitat and the harvest. 3 Credits

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SMS 491: Problems in Marine Science -
Introduction to Research Diving
Chris Rigaud, UMaine Dive Safety Officer

Students will be instructed in advanced diving, dive rescue, oxygen administration, and underwater research techniques. Practical field diving activities will be a large focus of the course. The course will be taught by the UMAINE Diving Safety Officer, selected UMAINE faculty, and guest lecturers experienced in using scuba diving as a research tool.  Following successful completion of course objectives, students will be eligible to participate in diving research projects as a scientific diver-in-training or scientific diver.

If you have a recreational certificate and hope to pursue scientific diving in your academic career, this is the class for you! Interested students should contact Chris at crigaud@maine.edu for further details. 3 credits.
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HYT315: Archaeology of Shipwreck Sites
Dr. Warren Riess

The archaeological investigation of shipwreck sites around the world continues to provide information and understanding of human history as well as the natural history of shipworms, oysters, snails, trees, pollen, etc. that we find on and in a ship's hull. This is a methods course that covers the process of shipwreck archaeology, both underwater and on land. Students will study examples from many sites that offer data covering five millennia of trade and naval power around the world. At the end of the course, students will have an introductory knowledge of the process of a complete site investigation, including initial and continued research, search and survey, research design, ethics, excavation, conservation, artifact analysis, interpretation, and publication. Students will be able to evaluate data from such a project and be able to integrate to some degree shipwreck archaeology data with historical and terrestrial archaeology data. This course is also available by Polycom. 3 credits.
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