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    College of William & Mary
  Jan 16, 2018
2015 - 2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MSCI 503 - Interdisciplinary Research in Estuarine and Coastal Systems

Spring (2) Brush

This is an interdisciplinary, field-based laboratory course applying concepts from MSCI 501 to a semester-long study of the estuarine and coastal environments of the lower Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's Eastern Shore. The course is designed to expose students to today's typical interdisciplinary research process from project conception through presentation of results. Students will organize into crossdisciplinary groups around a particular study site and research topic, and develop and implement a scientifically sound, hypothesis-driven research plan through a series of group cruises and instrument deployments. Particular emphasis will be placed on spatial and temporal patterns of biotic and abiotic processes and their interactions, along with sample design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Students will also be exposed to utilizing historical and ongoing databases as well as synthesizing data from each group member to create an interdisciplinary story. The course culminates with oral presentations and a group poster.