MBIO 414 Ocean Health

The oceans are a key operating system of planet Earth. The oceans play a critical role in supporting human well being. Ocean health and human health are inextricably linked. Ocean health is threatened by multiple stressors. This course will examine sources of stress including Climate Change and pollution. In addition, aspects of Ocean Health of importance to humans will be investigated including Harmful Algal Blooms and Infectious microbes. Techniques used to determine Ocean Health will be explored. This course will provide students with knowledge of the essential roles played by the ocean and the major threats the worlds oceans currently face. The course will emphasize the multiple and multidirectional links that exist between ocean health and human health.