Bio 139: Biology & Ecology of Marine MammalsInstructor: Dr. Daniel Costa[email protected]Office Hours: Mon. & Tues. 2-3 pm Center for Ocean Health 208 Text: Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology Berta, Sumich, and KovacsReader:Download pdf off websitePoints distribution:Targetedexam format:Midterm 125% Multiple choice 25%Midterm 225% True/false25%Term paper25% Essay25%Final Exam 30%Fill in blank25%or definitionBio 139: Evaluation CriteriaImportant Dates:• Midterm 1: Tuesday, April 22nd• Paper Outline Due: Tuesday, May 6th• Midterm 2: Thursday, May 22nd• Term Paper Due: Thursday, May 29th • Final: Wednesday, June 11thCourse Website:• bio.classes.ucsc.edu/bio139• Login: bio139, Password: neophoca• Download lecture & lab materials
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Term Paper•Examination of material not covered in lecture•Detailed look at a topic, species•Info. from primary literature• scientific journal, books• nowebsites or magazines•Handout provides detailsGoals for the course1. Understand patterns of marine mammal evolution & diversity, with emphasis on local species in the Monterey Bay.2. Comprehend the challenges faced by mammals living in the marine environment including thermoregulation, acquiring prey, & communication. Goals for the course3. Understand present day patterns of behavior & ecology, including sociality, reproduction, & trophic interactions.4. Expose students to the historic & current factors that threaten marine mammal populations.Taxonomy• Description, identification, & classification of species• To understand current patterns & forces that shaped those patterns• Asks – did adaptations arise independently & converge? OR, is this a result of an early shared adaptation?