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Courses - Spring 2018
MEES
Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences Department Site
MEES498Q
Topics in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences; Climate Change in Polar Regions
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
MEES608C
Seminar in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences; Diseases of Chesapeake Bay Fish
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course will include lectures and discussions led by researchers of diseases that threaten vertebrate, crustacean, and molluscan species in the Bay. A section on disease detection methods, and their strengths and weaknesses, will be included. Discussions will be in the context of possible anthropogenic influences and management of diseases.
MEES608F
Seminar in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences; Current Topics in Fisheries Science: Best Papers in Fisheries
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This class will explore topics of current interest in the fisheries sciences. The class will consist of a mix of readings and presentations by students and/or professional fishery scientists concerning different aspects of fisheries and their management. Students will explore current and classic literature on the selected topics, and complete a final project that could be a presentation or group project. Students will select topics from lists of Best Papers in Fisheries originating from several different sources, and use those papers as a basis to explore related literature.
MEES608Q
Seminar in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences; Climate Change in Polar Regions
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course is designed for advanced graduate students who have an interest in climate forcing and ecosystem responses in Polar Regions. The focal regions are the Arctic and Antarctic, from the atmosphere to sea ice changes, various biogeochemical processes, and ecosystem impacts and response, both land and sea.
MEES609A
Professional Development in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science; Applied Environmental Science
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Students will be exposed to the range and diversity of environmental problems that are the focus of study within MEES through case studies of environmental challenges currently facing society. Students will gain knowledge of how scientific knowledge is applied to provide solutions to environmental problems, utilizing broad interdisciplinary perspec- tives. Taught over the Interactive Video Network (IVN).
MEES617
Hydrological Effects of Land Use Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Statistics course and hydrology course or permission of instructor.
Detailed examination of the catchment-scale hydrological effects attributable to major land use and land cover alterations, including both anthropic and non-anthropic disturbances.
Prerequisite: one course in hydrology and one course in statistics, or permission of instructor. Examines the catchment-scale hydrological effects attributable to major land use and land cover alterations, including both anthropic and non-anthropic disturbances. Focus on the quantitative measurement and mathematical description of physical hydrological processes that can be affected by land use and land cover changes; and review of how both deterministic and empirical/statistical models can be applied to analyze and predict observed catchment-scale hydrological and hydrochemical responses to land alterations and disturbances.
MEES618C
Seminars in Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences; Next Generation Sequence and Analysis
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course is designed to expose the student to a broad range of sequence analysis tools with lectures, computer lab, and project based components. The primary learning outcome is to develop inde- pendence in troubleshooting sequence analysis with the large-scale sequence datasets that have become common. In addition, an overview of the major types of analysis and assembly processes will be given, with adjustments to emphasize specific student projects. Taught over the Interactive Video Network (IVN).
MEES618D
Seminars in Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences; Ethical Aspects of Environmental Science
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Humans and their environment are inherently linked, especially in coastal and estuarine regions, and scientific and social values often must be balanced in ecosystem management and decision-making. This seminar examines these issues through the lens of GeoEthics, the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience research and practice, using a case-study approach. Example topics could include practices such as fracking, offshore wind farming, and dam removal, as well as behaviors and attitudes of scientists conducting research. Taught over the Interactive Video Network (IVN).
MEES621
Biological Oceanography
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Population and community ecology of estuarine and marine systems; coastal and estuarine processes are emphasized in the context of oceans in general. Field and lab trips required.
Taught over the Interactive Video Network.
MEES622
Sustainability Science: quantitative and systems approach
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Modern sustainability science goes beyond single-resource management and integrates biophysical and socio-economic considerations of sustainability. This course is designed to help provide students with a historical background, critical thinking approaches, and analytical tools to address sustainability from a scientific perspective.
Taught over the Interactive Video Network (IVN).
MEES631
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Study of the interrelationships between individuals, their communities and environment. Explores the environmental biology of fish, feeding ecology, energetics and growth, population biology, reproduction and life history, and population and community interactions.
MEES684
Marine Microbial Ecology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The primary goal of this course is to become familiar with the diversity, ecology, and biogeochemical roles of Bacteria, Archaea, microbial Eukaryotes, viruses, and fungi in the marine environment. The course will also cover the latest discoveries in molecular microbial ecology. Each main topic will begin with a lecture and will be followed by a paper discussion. For the paper discussions, each student will present selected papers specified in the syllabus (or by consensus with the course instructors). Students will also participate in class discussions.
Taught over the Interactive Video Network (IVN).
MEES698C
Special Topics in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences; Chemical Oceanography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Taught at Chesapeake Biological Laboratories (CBL) and over the Interactive Video Network.
MEES699
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
MEES708A
Advanced Topics in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science; Environmental Restoration Applications
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
MEES708I
Advanced Topics in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science; Stable Isotope Biogeochemical Modeling
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
This course will focus on the calculations and considerations necessary for using isotopes as tools for answering a variety of science questions. Examples will be taken from ecology, archaeology, physiology, climatology, and geology. The course is designed for the student who has some experience already with the basic concepts of isotope geochemistry and is ready to use those concepts quantitatively.
MEES708M
Advanced Topics in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science; Environmental Statistic II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Taught over the Interactive Video Network (IVN).

This course will extend statistical training of the students to advanced topics of time series analysis and spatial statistics. After taking this course, students will be familiar with a variety of state-of-the-art approaches for qualitative analysis of time- and space-dependent data. Students will become competent users of these methods by practicing them in class and in their homework assignments using the statistical programming language R.
MEES708T
Advanced Topics in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science; Science Visualization
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Data visualization techniques, including conceptual diagrams, photographs, maps, graphs and tables will be taught by Professional Science Communicators in the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Promotes the development of applied science visualization skills, including producing PowerPoint, posters, and graphics for publication in a variety of media Principles of good science visualization will be illustrated by case studies.
MEES718A
Study Groups on Issues in Marine Estuarine Enviornmental Sciences; Finding Facts in The Day After Tomorrow Scenario
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Measurements since 2004 indicate a decreasing trend in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) flow intensity. Is this the beginning of a global warming induced AMOC slowdown or shutdown? We will put together a review paper of modern and paleo observations of the AMOC with our goal to put modern AMOC changes into their histo- rical context with the best available data, as well as to summarize how we might clarify remaining questions and ambiguities. Taught over the Interactive Video Network (IVN).
MEES799
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
MEES898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
MEES899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.