481 Puget Sound and Estuarine Oceanography

This course will examine the oceanography and ecology of Puget Sound and other estuaries around the world, focusing on topics of current research. There are two primary goals of the course. One is for you to gain an understanding of the factors that structure the ecology and marine environment of Puget Sound, the organisms that make up the trophic web, their function and important challenges they face in light of anthropogenic change. Another goal is to introduce you to current research being conducted around Puget Sound through reading and discussing the primary literature, and guest lecturers from agencies conducting research in Puget Sound.