SUMMER FIELD COURSES

CURRENT CREDIT COURSE OFFERINGS


Coastal Biogeochemistry

Coastal Biogeochemistry is a field intensive 3 credit course that provides a combination of lecture and field/lab experiences. The focus of the course is to increase student understanding and appreciation for spatial and temporal patterns of carbon and nutrient stocks, biogeochemical processes, and microbial communities responsible for carrying out these processes in a variety of coastal environments including wetlands, estuarine water columns and sediments, and the Louisiana shelf.

Dates: May 29-June 16, 2017
Course Fee: $400
Prerequisites: Grade C or better in at least 8 hours of Biology, and at least 8 hours of Chemistry or permission on the instructor
Credit: 3
Instructor(s): Dr. Brian Roberts (LUMCON), Dr. Ariella Chelsky (LUMCON), Dr. Anthony Rietl (LUMCON)

Invertebrate Zoology and Ecology

A survey of the ecology, physiology, behavior, and evolutionary biology of metazoans with an emphasis on invertebrate species. Laboratory activities will highlight collection, identification, preservation, and observations of the natural history of marine organisms. Includes laboratory experiences.

Dates: May 29-June 16, 2017
Course Fee: $300
Prerequisites: Grade C or better in at least 8 hours of Biology or permission on the instructor
Credit: 3
Instructor(s): Dr. Gary LaFleur (Nicholls), Dr. Lewis Deaton (University of Louisiana @ Lafayette)

Fisheries Biology

A survey of the ecology, anatomy, and physiology of marine fishes. Laboratory activities will include various techniques for collecting specimens, dissecting specimens, and general physiological studies.

Dates: July 5-July 26, 2017
Course Fee: $300
Prerequisites: Grade C or better in at least 8 hours of Biology or permission on the instructor
Credit: 3
Instructor(s): Dr. Christopher Green, LSU Ag Center, Dr. Quenton Fontenot, Nicholls State University

Wetland Vegetation

The course will focus on the structure and function of all types of wetlands in coastal Louisiana, the ecological characteristics and principles that apply broadly to wetlands, and the science of wetlands management and restoration. We will go on field trips nearly every day, including an over-nighter at the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station. The LUMCON field laboratory at Fourchon will also be employed for overnight field trips, which will be used to reinforce salt marsh and barrier island plant ecology topics.

Dates: July 5-July 26, 2017
Course Fee: $300
Prerequisites: Grade C or better in at least 12 hours of Biology or Botany or permission on the instructor
Credit: 3
Instructor(s): Dr. Gary Shaffer (Southeastern), Jonathan Willis (Nicholls State)