ESF 539A: Coastal Geoecoloogy

2009-07-29 -

Maximum Increased. 7/29/09 – Additional pre-trip meeting added & meeting times changed.


63859 (for web registration)




Rachel Thiet






Fall 2009

Meeting Schedule:

Wednesdays 9/9 - 9/16 (5:00PM-7:29PM)
Sat 9/19 - 9/23 (TBA)


Competency Area: Natural Communities elective
Restricted to ES students who entered SP09 and earlier.

Note: Attendance at the pre-trip meeting is mandatory. Enrolled students who fail to drop the course 1 week before the first pre-trip meeting or who fail to attend the first pre-trip meeting will be held financially responsible for the cost of the trip and will forfeit their seat in the class. Students on the waitlist are strongly encouraged to attend the first class. On this 5-day trip, we will examine the geoecology of glaciated coasts in New England using Cape Cod as a model system. Course topics will include landscape to local-scale depositional and erosional processes as influenced by coastal climate and disturbance; barrier island dynamics and the ecological role of estuaries; salt marsh ecology and restoration; geological and climatic controls on coastal evolution; vascular plant succession and soil ecological processes on active dune systems; impacts of coastal development and other human impacts on physical and ecological processes; and management issues in New England coastal systems. Cost: $300.00. Pre-trip meeting on Wednesday, September 9; study trip Saturday – Wednesday, September 19 – 23.