Advanced Topics in Biological Oceanography: Biodiversity, CAS NS 450 (4 credits)
Guided by extensive literature review, current status of and threats to marine biodiversity will be explored. Laboratory and field skills for assessing/measuring classical and genetic diversity will be introduced in preparation for the research cruise.
Ocean Science and Public Policy, CAS NS 320 (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to fundamental concepts, tools, and processes that are driving the construction of ocean policy today. Through readings and seminars, students will critically explore the philosophical roots of science and the varying and often contested ways that it fits into public policy. Case studies will help students identify intangible but critical factors in the form of personal and professional values, the role of politics, and the vital role of effective and broad-based communication in crafting effective policy.
Directed Oceanographic Research, XAS NS 325 (4 credits)
Each student or pair of students will generate a proposal for original research on a specific group of surface or mesopelagic organisms (e.g., microbes, phytoplankton, zooplankton) found in the Sargasso Sea. Students will be tasked with data collection and analysis while at sea. Original scientific manuscript production will be completed in Woods Hole following the research cruise. Heavy emphasis will placed on research skills and written and oral communication abilities.
Advanced Ocean Policy Research, CAS NS 460 (4 credits)
Student Working Groups will investigate different technical conservation areas (e.g., historical ecology, stakeholder assessment, cultural heritage, civil society) as they pertain to high seas conservation. The research cruise will serve as a time for critical first-hand observation of the region under consideration for management. Individual efforts will result in a comprehensive and multifaceted final document detailing ocean policy issues and recommendations for the Sargasso Sea. Findings will be presented for critical review by experts in conservation science and policy.
Nautical Science, CAS NS 223 (3 credits)
Nautical Science teaches the practical skills and theoretical background necessary to safely operate a tall ship on the high seas. Students learn and apply essential concepts in general physics, astronomy, and meteorology. During the sea component, students are active and increasingly responsible members of the ship's crew.