Description/Objectives: This field and lecture course provides an in-depth
introduction to the biology of tropical coral reefs, with an emphasis
on reef fish ecology and behavior. Each day begins with a lecture, followed
by six to eight hours on the water, and ends with data analysis, reading
and a discussion of recent papers. Students learn to identify fishes,
corals and invertebrates, and learn a variety of field methods including
underwater censusing, mapping, videotaping and the recording of inter-individual
interactions. Each year group projects will vary depending on previous
findings and the interests of the faculty.
Sample Reading List: Sale, P.F. , The ecology of fishes on coral reefs;
Hixon, M.A. , Population dynamics of coral-reef fishes; Doherty, P.J.,
and T. Fowler , A test of recruitment limitation in a coral reef fish;
Caley, M.J. , Age-specific mortality rates in reef fishes; Leis, J.M.
and B.M. Carson-Ewart , Complex behaviour by coral-reef fish larvae; McCormick,
M.I. , Condition and growth of reef fish at settlement.
Prerequisites and Restrictions: EEB 321 and enrollment in the EEB Spring
semester in tropical biology taught in Panama.
Jillian Schurle, Miriam Kirsch (Germany), Morgan Pecora-Saipe, Justine Li, Max Tarjan.
Benjamin Bitnbach (Germany), Edward Hurme, Allison Tracy, Melisa Cano (Panama), Cassandra Derreza-Greeven (Gemany), Jennifer Timm (Germany), Marielle von Toor (Germany), Suvi Gross, (David Gibbs, Ghanasyam Bey, Theresa Laverty.